Easy Pine Cone Cheese Ball
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Easy Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Author: Jennifer

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups almonds
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup crumbled bacon pieces or packaged Real Bacon Bits
  • 1 jalapeño diced and seeds removed
  • ½ cup pepper jack cheese grated
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese grated
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: sprigs of rosemary for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, bacon bits, diced jalapeño, and grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Use clean hands and work the ingredients together to create a large ball. Chill overnight in covered bowl to allow flavors to blend.
  • On a serving platter, divide cheese mixture into 2 portions and shape each into a pine cone. This works best by simply using your hands to roll each portion into a ball, then gently squeezing on end downwards to create somewhat of a narrow point.
  • Press the almonds at a slight angle into the cheese, starting at the narrow end of the pine cone shape. Continue to overlap rows until all of the cheese is covered.
  • Garnish with rosemary sprigs, and serve at room temperature with crackers or toasted crostini.
  • Note: This cheese ball has a slight spiciness to it from the pepper jack cheese and jalapeño. To create a milder flavor, simply replace the pepper jack cheese with a milder cheese and substitute the jalapeño with green onions.