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The Big Cheese Apple

16 Comments | Written on November 11, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

Nothing says “party” like a good, old-fashioned cheese ball.  Serve with crackers and a bottle of your favorite wine, and suddenly it’s a soiree!   Many times you will see a cheese ball rolled in chopped nuts, but this recipe takes the classic party centerpiece and gives it a fun fall twist.

Isn’t that adorable!  Makes you do a double take, right?  The cheese ball is formed into the shape of an apple and coated with paprika.  A cinnamon stick is inserted in the middle for the “stem” and basil mimics the leaves.

In this recipe I used the Cracker Barrel Aged Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese.  This award-winning cheese is carefully cured for a rich, distinct and balanced flavor.

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THE BIG CHEESE APPLE    (click here to view and print recipe)

1-1/2 pounds Cracker Barrel Aged Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated

3 ounce package cream cheese, softened

2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

1-1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 Tablespoons sherry or Madeira

1/3 cup chopped pimiento-stuffed olives

1/2 cup finely chopped celery

Paprika

Garnish:  Basil leaves, cinnamon stick

Beat cheese, mayo, Worcestershire, and wine together in mixer; mix until smooth and well-blended.  Mix in olives and celery.  Shape into a big apple, make an indentation in the top, and tuck in basil leaves, and cinnamon stick for a stem.  Sprinkle all over with paprika so it looks like an apple.  Serve with melba toast or crackers.  Makes about 4 cups.

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