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Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke Photo by: Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves

Southern Living NOVEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings
  • 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. 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. Fill center of ring with preserves. Serve with crackers. Garnish, if desired.

*Sharp white Cheddar cheese may be substituted.

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.

Mint-Pepper Jelly: Stir together 1/2 cup pepper jelly and 1 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh mint.

Basil-Blackberry Preserves: Stir together 1/2 cup blackberry preserves and 1 1/2 to 2 tsp. chopped fresh basil.

Rosemary-Pear Preserves: Stir together 1/2 cup pear preserves and 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary.

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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