Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings
Total:
Recipe from Southern Living

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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 strawberry preserves
  • Assorted crackers
  • Garnishes: chopped toasted pecans, fresh strawberries, strawberry flowers

Preparation

  1. 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. 2. Stir together mayonnaise and next 2 ingredients. Stir in pecans and cheese.
  3. 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. 4. Unmold cheese ring onto a serving platter. Discard plastic wrap. Fill center of ring with preserves. Serve with crackers. Garnish, if desired.
  5. *Sharp white Cheddar cheese may be substituted.
  6. Four Swaps for Strawberry Preserves. Serve any of these mixtures with Ashley's Cheese Ring for a new take on a classic. You can prep and chill up to four days ahead.
  7. Mint-Pepper Jelly: Stir together 1/2 cup pepper jelly and 1 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh mint.
  8. Basil-Blackberry Preserves: Stir together 1/2 cup blackberry preserves and 1 1/2 to 2 tsp. chopped fresh basil.
  9. Rosemary-Pear Preserves: Stir together 1/2 cup pear preserves and 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary.
  10. Balsamic-Strawberry Preserves: Bring 3/4 cup 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 1 cup strawberry preserves.
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