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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.

Recipe by MyRecipes March 2012

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prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
chill:
10 hrs
total:
10 hrs 20 mins
Yield:
Serves 8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

243 calories; fat 24g; saturated fat 12g; protein 7g; carbohydrates 2g; fiber 1g; cholesterol 62mg; sodium 292mg.
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