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Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 45 Mins
Yield
Makes 8 to 10 servings

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 18 to 20 minutes or until reduced to about 2 Tbsp. Let cool 10 minutes. Stir in strawberry preserves.

Step 5

Unmold cheese ring onto a serving platter. Discard plastic wrap. Fill center of ring with preserves. Serve with crackers. Garnish, if desired.

Step 6

*Sharp white Cheddar cheese may be substituted.

Ashley Mac's, Birmingham, Alabama

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