I have a hard time saying no to cheese. Sweets, carbs and fried foods no problem…but cheese is my kryptonite! Whenever I throw or attend a party, I always include or bring cheese. It’s easy, delicious and crowd pleasing. For Thanksgiving this year, I thought I would up the ante with a cheese ball. Made with a blend of cream cheese, goat cheese and sharp white cheddar, this Cranberry & Pecan Cheese Ball is my new favorite appetizer. If you’ve never made a cheese ball before, you’ll be amazed how easy it is. It’s the perfect dish if you are intimidated by the thought of cooking something for a party. Seriously, it’s nearly impossible to mess up.
The combination of creamy and tart cheeses pairs beautifully with the sweet cranberries. You can use just about any kind of cream cheese and goat cheese, but I recommend splurging a bit on the sharp white cheddar. For this recipe, I used Flagship white cheddar which is slightly nutty and crumbly. The cheese ball is then rolled in roasted pecans for extra crunch and texture. The sweet, tangy and crunchy texture is seriously addicting! This recipe makes quite a lot of cheese, so I recommend serving it at a fairly large gathering.