California Walnut Cheese Ball

California Walnut Cheese Ball

Skill Level

Easy

Total Time

Yield

Serves

10

Try this season’s retro holiday appetizer with crunchy walnuts. Serve with assorted crackers for the ultimate wine complement.

  • 3 cups shredded old white Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp port or sherry, optional
  • 1/2-3/4 cups toasted California Walnut pieces
  1. In food processor, combine all ingredients except walnuts. Pulse until mixture is smooth. Remove to medium bowl; cover and chill until slightly firm. Shape into 5-inch ball or roll into 7 X 2-inch log.
  2. Roll in toasted walnuts to coat evenly. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill until firm. Allow to warm at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. May be kept in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Toasted Walnuts:

  1. Oven: Spread chopped walnuts evenly onto a baking sheet or in a shallow pan. Bake at 350ºF for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir several times for even toasting. Be sure to keep an eye on them, they burn easily. Cool before using
  2. Microwave: In glass pie plate spread 3/4 cup walnuts in a single layer. Microwave on HIGH 5 to 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Cool before using.
  3. Skillet: In large, dry skillet over medium-high heat, heat walnuts until lightly toasted, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Calories
253

Total Fat
23

Saturated Fat
13

Monounsaturated Fat
6

Polyunsaturated Fat
3

Trans Fat
0

Cholesterol
60

Sodium
236

Carbohydrates
2

Dietary Fiber
0

Protein
9