Friday, December 16, 2011

Italian Cheese Ball

There is NO time to bake!  At least not until all the Christmas concerts are over.  We have one more on the schedule, then Christmas shopping to finish, and then maybe some kitchen time.  Daughter Sarah is home from college (yay!) and has been doing some baking of her own.  If she will give me the information and send me the pictures (hint, hint) I will share her version of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes because they are quite good. 
But in the meantime here is an appetizer that is delicious any time of year but especially good to put together during busy times like this.  It's a quick fix and it makes two - a now and later kind of deal. 
Italian Cheese Ball

1 - 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 - 8oz pkg shredded cheddar cheese
1 package dry Italian salad dressing mix
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes, crushed
chopped pecans

In mixing bowl combine everything except the pecans and mix at medium speed until creamy and thoroughly blended.  Divide mixture in half and shape each into a ball.  Cover and chill at least one hour.

Before serving, roll each ball in chopped pecans until well coated.  Serve with your favorite crackers or chips or some of each.


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