Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke
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

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

Step 5

*Sharp white Cheddar cheese may be substituted.

Step 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.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

Step 9

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

Step 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.

Ashley Mac's, Birmingham, Alabama

Ratings & Reviews

Love this....

toposmom
November 27, 2015
My recipe adds grated onion to this, it is from Tea Time at the Masters. Always a hit when made!

Tucker2B's Review

nolegatormom
February 16, 2013
I used garlic powder and added more that it called for and yummmm. I will make this again for sure. Easy and quick.

nolegatormom's Review

Tucker2B
December 18, 2012
I have been making this recipe for 30 years and it is always a hit. If you are in a hurry, just use garlic powder. You can also omit the pepper sauce and sprinkle in ground red pepper or powdered chipotle. If you don't have a ring mold, just shape it in a ring with your hands. I have never used a ring mold and I have probably made it at least 50 times. As the previous reviewer mentioned, it is better to put the preserves in a dish in the center so as not to get the ring all messy. Raspberry preserves are a wonderful alternative flavor with the cheese. Although many will say foods with mayo don't freeze and thaw well, I have frozen leftovers of this cheese ring, mixed it well upon thawing, reshaped, and served with great success. No one knew the difference. Enjoy.

toposmom's Review

kml2000ga
December 10, 2012
The catering company I used to work for made this recipe and it was a real crowd pleaser. However, I would recommend that you put your strawberry preserves in a bowl or compote dish in the middle of the cheese ring. Otherwise, you will have preserves running all over the place as guests serve themselves. This also makes a prettier presentation.