cranberry orange cheese ball w/ caramelized pecans

★★★★★ 25
By Leah Stacey
from Huntsville, AL

A long time ago I ate a cranberry cheese ball that I had made from a mix that I bought. I loved it! Well I have no way of getting that mix anymore, so I came up with my own recipe. It is sweet and tart. This isn't your average cheese ball! You will love to serve this at your next holiday gathering!

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Set the tone for your holiday festivities with this delicious - and pretty! - appetizer. Part dip, part dessert, you will love the reaction you get when your guests set eyes on this lovely creation.

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★★★★★ 25
serves a crowd
method Food Processor

Ingredients For cranberry orange cheese ball w/ caramelized pecans

  • 1 c
    dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 16 oz
    cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • 1/4 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • CARAMELIZED PECANS
  • 3/4 c
    pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter
  • 2 Tbsp
    sugar

How To Make cranberry orange cheese ball w/ caramelized pecans

  • 1
    Chop cranberries in a food processor or blender.
  • 2
    Add the cream cheese, OJ and sugar. Blend in the processor till all is creamed together.
  • 3
    Place onto a sheet of wax paper and shape in a ball the best you can. Let it sit overnight to stiffen up a bit. You can shape it better the next day when it is a little harder.
  • 4
    Directions for candied pecans: Melt butter in a pan on med heat add the pecans and sugar and mix well stirring frequently. About 3-5 minutes. Do not let the pecans burn!
  • 5
    Lay out a sheet of wax paper and place pecans on the sheet spreading them out. Let them cool.
  • 6
    When you are ready to eat the cheese ball take it out of the fridge and shape better. Grab a handful of pecans and place them all over the cheese call till covered. Place cheese ball on a plate and serve!
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