Your holiday calendar is probably starting to fill up with parties and gatherings. Running out of ideas for something to take? This Pear-Pecan Cheese Ball is the perfect holiday appetizer. Adding pear to the recipe gives it a sweeter taste, making it a party favorite. The great news is it will be lower in fat and calories than your average cheese ball recipe by using reduced-fat cream cheese.
Pear-Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe
8 ounces Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 medium firm ripe Pear, finely chopped
1 Scallion, white and green separated, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground Pepper
1/3 cup finely chopped toasted Pecans
Stir cream cheese, cheddar cheese, pear, scallion white, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl.
Coat a large piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray. Scoop the cheese mixture onto it. Using the plastic wrap to help you, form the cheese mixture into a ball, then completely wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.
Just before serving, combine pecans and the reserved scallion greens in a shallow dish. Roll the cheese ball in the mixture, pressing to adhere. Serve on low-sodium crackers.
Carbohydrates: 2 g
Cholesterol: 13 mg
Protein: 3 g
Sodium: 117 mg
Potassium: 37 mg
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