Dried Cranberry Sharp Cheddar Cheese Balls

Contributed By: Parker


2 cups chopped pecans
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
3 cups smoked sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/4 cup minced fresh basil


1. Place pecans, cranberries and bacon in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a shallow bowl. Place remaining ingredients in the same food processor. Pulse until combined.
2. Shape cheese mixture into 1-in. balls; roll in pecan mixture. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
YIELD: about 4-1/2 dozen.
These personal-size cheese balls are a pleasure to pass around a party. They’re much easier to eat than their large-scale counterparts. And with their bacon, pecans and berries, they’re probably more delicious too!
Nutrition Facts
1 appetizer: 83 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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