Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Total Time: 2 hours to overnight

I love this presentation. You can use this recipe or make the pine cones using your favorite firm cheese spread. I’ve seen them done as an upright pine cone with sliced almonds, too. So cute.

Note the recipe makes 2 cheeseballs. When you’re throwing a cocktail party or serving a buffet, make multiple smaller servings of “communal” food like cheeseballs and dips so that you can whisk away the one that’s no longer attractive and replace it with another fresh one.

Directions

Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise; mix until well blended. Add the bacon, dill and green onion. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Form chilled mixture into two pinecone shapes. Starting at the bottom, press almonds into cheese mixture at slight angles, forming overlapping rows to resemble a pinecone. Insert rosemary sprigs at the wide end. Cover loosely and chill until ready to bring to room temperature to serve.


Yield: 2 cheeseballs

What's Needed:

 

1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 crisply cooked bacon slices, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
Salt and pepper
1 1/4 cups whole natural almonds, toasted
Rosemary sprigs, for garnish

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