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How is a holiday cheese ball made?

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To make a holiday cheese ball, combine cream cheese and mozzarella with ingredients such as green onions and diced pimento. Taste of Home features a holiday cheese ball recipe on its website that calls for the addition of seasonings and includes a layer of finely chopped walnuts on the outside. The cheese ball requires 15 minutes of preparation time and overnight chilling.

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To make Taste of Home’s holiday cheese ball, combine 1 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese, 1 cup of shredded part-skim mozzarella, 1/2 cup of chopped green onions and 1 2-ounce jar of drained, diced pimentos in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley flakes and 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Blend to combine all ingredients. Cover the bowl, and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.

Remove the mixture from the refrigerator, and shape it into a ball. Finely chop 1 cup of walnuts, and roll the ball-shaped mixture in the nuts, coating it thoroughly. Cover the cheese ball, and refrigerate it overnight.

The recipe makes 12 servings. Taste of Home recommends serving it with crackers, vegetables or slices of toasted French bread. Taste of Home originally published its holiday cheese ball recipe in the December/January 2004 edition of its magazine.

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