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Festive Cheese Beach Ball

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Makes

7 cups

Made to resemble a beach ball, this appetizer always rounds up compliments. It's filled with a variety of cheese, and each cut through the ball gives guests a taste along with garnishes of their choice.—Florence McClelland, Fredonia, New York

Ingredients

  • 6 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened, divided
  • 2 cups crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • TOPPINGS:
  • 1/4 cup cooked tiny shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sweet yellow pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ripe olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimientos
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine two packages of cream cheese and blue cheese until smooth. In a another large bowl, combine two packages of cream cheese and cheddar cheese; set aside. In a third bowl, beat the remaining cream cheese until fluffy; add the onions and garlic.
  2. In a 2-qt. bowl lined with plastic wrap, layer each portion of cream cheese. Invert onto a serving platter; remove plastic wrap and shape into a ball.
  3. With a sharp knife, score eight sections on the ball. Sprinkle each section with one of the toppings and press lightly. Serve with crackers.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 49 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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