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Pear-Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe

December 05, 2017 | Chef Darrin Torrey


cheese ball recipeYour 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

24 servings


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.


Per Serving:

Calories: 63

Fat: 5g

Carbohydrates: 2 g

Sugar: 1g

Cholesterol: 13 mg

Protein: 3 g

Sodium: 117 mg

Potassium: 37 mg

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