Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Holiday Cheese Truffles

The holidays bring friends and family together to share good food and good company. If you are planning a holiday party these Holiday Cheese Truffles are a savory and elegant yet simple appetizer.

2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp. Watkins Garlic Powder
Dash Watkins Ground Red Pepper (cayenne)
1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers
2 green onions, sliced
1-2/3 cups chopped pecans
Sociables Savory Crackers or other crackers of choice

Beat first 4 ingredients with mixer until blended. Divide in half. Add roasted peppers to half and onions to other half; mix each until blended.

Refrigerate several hours or until chilled.

Shape into 24 (1-inch) balls. Roll in nuts. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with crackers. Use holiday picks to add to the festive look and make serving a breeze.

Other coatings for these tasty truffles - sesame seeds, finely chopped red bell pepper, chopped fresh parsley or Watkins Dried Parlsley, Watkins Omelet and Souffle Seasoning, Watkins Paprika and your favorite shredded cheese. Experiment with your own favorite ingredients.


Festive Wreath: Alternately arrange different flavored truffles in a large circle on platter to resemble a holiday wreath. Create a decorative bow out of green onion strips. Use to garnish wreath.

Cheese Logs: Roll each half into 6-inch log. Roll in desired coatings as directed.


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