Cheese Ring with Rosemary-Pear Preserves

recipe

Yield:

Makes 8 to 10 servings
Total time: 2 Hours, 45 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

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

Ingredients

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 pear preserves
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
Assorted crackers
Garnishes: chopped toasted pecans, fresh strawberries, strawberry flowers

Preparation

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 pear preserves and rosemary. Fill center of ring with pear preserves mixture. Serve with crackers. Garnish, if desired.

*Sharp white Cheddar cheese may be substituted.

Note:

Ashley McMakin, Birmingham, Alabama,

Ashley Mac's, Birmingham, Alabama,

Southern Living

November 2011
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