Meanwhile: Finely chop the hazelnuts and cranberries. Put half of each aside. Place the other half (of hazelnuts and cranberries) in a mixing bowl. Add cheddar cheese, cranberry sauce, cream cheese.
Transfer the bacon onto a few sheets of paper kitchen towel to get rid of the excess oil. Throw half of it in the bowl and mix with the rest of the ingredients until everything is well combined.
Wrap this in a sheet of cling film and shape it into a ball. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or overnight.
Take it out, roll in a mixture of bacon, cranberries and hazelnuts.
Serve with crackers, chips, nachos, celery sticks ….
The overall time does not include time needed for chilling – add extra 30 minutes.
The longer the chilling the harder the cheese ball will get. I prefer chilling it for 30 minutes only.
When cooking the bacon yourself bear in mind that the fattier it is, the less bacon you will get.
Cranberries can be substituted with raisins.
Course: Appetizer, Party Food
Keyword: Cheese Ball Recipe, Party Food
Loaded Cranberry Bacon Cheese Ball
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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