Cheddar-Bacon Balls

Cheddar and bacon belong together. Serve this crowd-pleasing dish as an appetizer at your next party.

Yield: Makes 2 dozen balls

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. Cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons hot banana pepper rings
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped
  • assorted crackers

Preparation

  1. Cook bacon until crisp; drain, reserving one tablespoon drippings. In a blender or food processor, blend cheese, butter, parsley, green onions and pepper rings.
  2. Add bacon and reserved drippings; process until bacon is finely chopped. Chill mixture 3 hours, or until firm. Form mixture into one-inch balls. Roll balls in chopped pecans.
  3. Store in refrigerator up to 2 days before serving. Serve with crackers.
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