"A good meal is like a present, and it can feel goofy, at best, to give yourself a present. On the other hand, there is something life affirming in taking the trouble to feed yourself well, or even decently. Cooking for yourself allows you to be strange or decadent or both. The chances of you liking what you made are high, but if it winds up being disgusting, you can always throw it away and order a pizza; no one will ever know." (Jenni Ferrari-Adler)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Nutty Cheese ball


Servings (about 24) 

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded swiss cheese 
1 (8 ounce) package light cream cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon paprika 
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Crackers or vegetable, for serving 


Place all ingredients except pecans and crackers in mixer bowl (or Thermomix  (Bimby)).  
If using a mixer attach bowl and flat beater to mixer.  
Turn to speed 4 and beat about 1 minute, or until well blended. 
On waxed paper, shape mixture into a ball 
Roll ball in chopped pecans. 
Wrap in waxed paper.Refrigerate until serving time.

This recipe was taken  from the Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer Manual. I added some fresh thyme and Herbs of Province to my recipe as well as replaced the garlic powder bu real minced garlic, which makes all the difference.  If you don't like the taste of garlic use garlic powder or just leave it out completely.

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