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Pimento Cheese Ball

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Pimento Cheese Ball recipe
Megan Wheeler / TODAY
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 4-ounce jars diced pimentos, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped chives
  • Crackers, sliced radishes, celery sticks, with leaves, purple or yellow cauliflower florets and green onions, for serving
  • Chef notes

    For your next party, give your cheese ball a Southern spin with pimento cheese. 

    Preparation

    1.

    Place white cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, paprika, cayenne, Worcestershire, onion powder and Dijon in a food processor with 2/3 of the diced pimentos (set the other pimentos aside).

    2.

    Pulse the cheese mixture. Do not overwork it — you still want to see some texture.

    3.

    Remove mixture from the food processor to a bowl and fold in the remaining pimento peppers and half of the chopped chives.

    4.

    Refrigerate the mixture for 20-30 minutes.

    5.

    Form the mixture into 2 softball size cheese balls.

    6.

    Dip the top of the cheese balls in the remaining chopped chives.

    7.

    Place on a platter with crackers and crudité like seed crackers, radishes, celery, cauliflower florets and green onions for dipping.