Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
10 Mins
Chill Time
10 Hours
Total Time
10 Hours 20 Mins
Yield
Serves 8

This Walnut-Crusted Pimiento Cheese Ball recipe is a yummy (and affordable!) way to kick off a meal or party. Spread cheese on toast and melt in the oven the next day. Serve either as a savory snack or with tomato soup for a delicious, simple lunch.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread walnuts evenly on a large baking sheet. Bake, stirring often, until lightly browned and fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely. Finely chop walnuts; cover and set aside.

Step 2

Combine Cheddar, cream cheese and butter in a food processor. Pulse several times, scraping sides of bowl, until well blended and smooth. (Work in batches if processor is not large enough.) Pulse in juice, cayenne, 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Add pimientos; pulse to blend, leaving some pieces visible. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Step 3

Line a large bowl with plastic wrap. Place cheese mixture in bowl. Pull wrap around mixture, twisting the ends of the wrap and forming cheese mixture into a ball. Leave ball in bowl and chill for at least 10 hours.

Step 4

Remove plastic wrap and roll ball in chopped walnuts. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Set out with crackers, if desired.

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