Paula's Cheese Ball (By Paula Deen)

This wonderful recipe was featured during Paula's recent television appearance on Oprah's show --- I made it recently but added in 2 scant teaspoons fresh minced garlic and Tabasco, I also increased the nuts for the outside of the ball, this may be made up to 24 hours in advance, try this, you will love it! :)

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  • Place the cream cheese and milk in a bowl; beat until well combined.
  • Add in shredded cheese, onions, pimento and HALF of each, crumbled bacon and chopped pecans; mix to combine.
  • Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large piece of plastic wrap, then form into a ball; cover tightly and chill a minimum of 2 hours.
  • In a pie plate mix together the remaining chopped pecans and bacon, then mix in the parsley and poppy seeds.
  • Unwrap the cheese ball then gently roll into the nut mixture.
  • Wrap again in a clean piece of plastic wrap and chill up to 24 hours.
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"This wonderful recipe was featured during Paula's recent television appearance on Oprah's show --- I made it recently but added in 2 scant teaspoons fresh minced garlic and Tabasco, I also increased the nuts for the outside of the ball, this may be made up to 24 hours in advance, try this, you will love it! :)"
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  1. Dorenda B.
    I didn't have blue cheese but I did have Marie's chunky blue dressing. I used 3 heaping tbs (You can adjust to your taste) and omitted the milk. I also didn't have pimentos so I finely chopped about 2 tbs of jarred roasted red peppers. It was divine!
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  2. drz c.
    This was delicious! Pleasantly surprised on how much we liked it. I was a little worried about the cheese combo when I tasted it. This is not your average cheese ball. I was also concerned the milk made it a little soggy so I left maybe a teas or so out. Wrapped it in plastic and a few hours latter it was firm and amazing. I’m glad I went for it. I used almonds and forgot the poppy seeds that were sitting on the counter. I will definitely make this again.
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  3. shellyhamel2012
    I've made these cheese balls every Christmas for almost 10 years. They are always a hit. They make great gifts too. However, be warned, once you give them they will be expected every year.
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  4. JenJax44
    I loved this! It was absolutely beautiful after I rolled it in the pecans, poppy seeds, bacon, and parsley! Very colorful and so delicous! I know my family is going to tear it up when I walk in the door with this on Christmas!
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  5. Jakers
    Exceptional!!! Everyone loved it! I decided to use a little more blue cheese than called for, but next time will follow the recipe exactly. The blue cheese overpowered the cheddar for me a tiny bit...but still it was fabulous!!! Will definitely make again and again!! A+++++!!
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