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

READY IN: 2hrs 5mins
YIELD: 4 1/4 cups




  • 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.).
  • Set nuts aside; they will be added last!
  • 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!
  • Stir in dates and 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans.
  • For easier handling, chill for an hour to firm up, if making into cheese balls. Coat with additional toasted, chopped pecans.
  • Serve this zesty spread (or balls) chilled, or at room temperature, with apple slices, celery sticks. tortilla chips, and/or crackers.
  • 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!