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Apple Cheese Ball

Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson
Yield 10 to 12 appetizer servings


  • 8 ounces white Cheddar cheese, shredded*
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Paprika
  • 1 1/2-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf

How to Make It

  1. Process first 4 ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Chill 30 minutes.

  2. Shape cheese mixture into a ball, and make an indentation in the top to resemble an apple. Chill ball 30 minutes.

  3. Coat ball heavily with paprika; cover and chill 1 hour.

  4. Insert cinnamon stick and bay leaf into indentation to resemble apple stem and leaf. Serve with assorted crackers.

  5. *We used Cracker Barrel white Cheddar found in the deli section of the grocery store.