December 1, 2010

Festive Cheese Beach Ball

Prep time: 25 mins. - Yield: 7 cups.

6 pkgs. (8oz. each) cream cheese, softened, divided
2 cups (8oz.) crumbled blue cheese
2 cups (8oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup. chopped green onions
1 garlic clove, minced

Toppings:

1/4 cup. cooked tiny shrimp
2 tbsp. chopped pimiento - stuffed olives
2 tbsp. crumbled cooked bacon
2 tbsp. chopped sweet yellow pepper
2 tbsp. chopped green onions
2 tbsp. chopped ripe olives
2 tbsp. chopped pimientos
2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
           assorted crackers

    In a large mixing bowl. combine 2 packages of cream cheese and the blue cheese. In another mixing bowl, combine 2 packages of cream cheese and the cheddar cheese; set aside. In a third bowl, beat the remaining  cream cheese; add the onions and garlic.
    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. With a sharp knife, score eight sections on the ball. Sprinkle each section with one of the toppings and press lightly. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with crackers.

options: chopped red peppers or nuts.

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