Cheese Ring with Basil-Blackberry Preserves

Southern Living
Makes 8 to 10 servings


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1 cup finely chopped pecans
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
2 (8-oz.) blocks sharp Cheddar cheese, finely grated*
1/2 cup blackberry preserves
1 1/2 to 2 tsp. chopped fresh basil
Assorted crackers
Garnishes: chopped toasted pecans, fresh strawberries, strawberry flowers


Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 45 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool 15 minutes.

2. Stir together mayonnaise and next 2 ingredients. Stir in pecans and cheese.

3. Spoon mixture into a plastic wrap-lined 4-cup ring mold with a 2 1/2-inch center. Cover and chill 2 hours.

4. Unmold cheese ring onto a serving platter. Discard plastic wrap. Stir together blackberry preserves and basil. Fill center of ring with blackberry preserves mixture. Serve with crackers. Garnish, if desired.

*Sharp white Cheddar cheese may be substituted.

Created date

October 2011