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    Zesty/Peppery/Sweet-Blue Cheese and Date Spread -- or Balls!

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    2 hrs 5 mins

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    Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle's Note:

    Modified from an Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC.com) online What's For Dinner recipe, made famous by Ann Sprague of Smyrna, who got the recipe from neighbor Velinda Warda. ---- NOTE: Serve this zesty spread chilled or at room temperature, or make into balls. Great with apple slices, celery sticks, tortilla chips, and/or crackers. I really like this spread with tortilla chips -- you get zesty, peppery-sweet, and salty!

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 60

    Yield:

    cups

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Measure 1 1/2 cups pecans (or double that amount if making cheese balls) into an large iron skillet, toasting over medium heat, stirring constantly ~ remove from heat and finely chop! (Or, preheat oven to 350 degrees ~ Spread pecans on a baking sheet and toast 5 minutes.).
    2. 2
      Set nuts aside; they will be added last!
    3. 3
      In a mixing bowl, combine (by hand or using an electric mixer), cream cheese, blue cheese cheddar cheese, salt, lemon zest, and freshly grated black pepper until fluffy!
    4. 4
      Stir in dates and 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans.
    5. 5
      For easier handling, chill for an hour to firm up, if making into cheese balls. Coat with additional toasted, chopped pecans.
    6. 6
      Serve this zesty spread (or balls) chilled, or at room temperature, with apple slices, celery sticks. tortilla chips, and/or crackers.
    7. 7
      NOTE: Cooking time is the chill time, although I thought the flavor greatly improved after chilling overnight! The recipe can easily be doubled to serve a larger number of people!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 12, 2012

      55

      This is awesome!!! Would also be good on plain bagels for breakfast. Made it for Super Bowl and was liked by everyone! Thanks for a great recipe!!!

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    • on April 27, 2013

      55

      This is really good! I only had 3 oz blue cheese so made a 3/4 recipe. Only used 3/4 cup pecans and had to use lime zest instead of lemon (I had it on hand). Otherwise followed the recipe, choosing not to roll into a ball(s). Thanks for sharing! [Made for Spring 2013 Pick A Chef]

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    Nutritional Facts for Zesty/Peppery/Sweet-Blue Cheese and Date Spread -- or Balls!

    Serving Size: 1 (20 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 60

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 62.9
     
    Calories from Fat 43
    69%
    Total Fat 4.8 g
    7%
    Saturated Fat 1.8 g
    9%
    Cholesterol 9.0 mg
    3%
    Sodium 73.2 mg
    3%
    Total Carbohydrate 3.5 g
    1%
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    2%
    Sugars 2.7 g
    11%
    Protein 1.9 g
    3%

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