Saw this at a potluck thing I went to recently and had to recreate a weight loss surgery friendly version just 'cause it was so darn cute.
Shelly's Pinecone Cheese Ball
4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup Italian Blend Cheese, shredded (Parmesan, Fontina, Mozzarella blend)
1 whole head of Roasted Garlic Cloves (Here's How To Roast Garlic)
2 Green Onions, diced
dash of Kosher Salt
1/2 cup Pecans (try and score unbroken ones)
a sprig of fresh Rosemary
Mix all ingredients together (except nuts and rosemary) till thoroughly combined. Form into an oval shape.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour. Starting from the bottom working up. Arrange pecans to cover cheese oval completely. Add a sprig of rosemary at top for greenery. Serves: oodles of people.
You can make this a day in advance for a party just don't add the nuts then an hour or so before the get-together arrange those so they stay crunchy. Want a quicker version you can use storebought flavored spreadable cheese (Alouette makes one) instead of the roasted garlic & cream cheese in the recipe. I like to make my own so I know what's in it and homemade is always better ;)
Serve with a variety of dippers: celery, cucumber slices, baby carrots, soy crisps, snow peas, bell pepper strips, apple slices, etc.
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