Friday, November 9, 2007

The Perfect Cheese Ball

The perfect cheese ball for the holidays, any type of crackers or vegetables will go nicely with it. If you have a sweet tooth add a couple spoonfuls of powdered sugar.

1 tub (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread
2 cups KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 Tbsp. port wine
1/2 cup PLANTERS Chopped Pecans
1/4 cup maple-flavored or pancake syrup

MIX cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, cranberries and wine until well blended; cover. Refrigerate 1 hour.
SHAPE into ball or other desired shape; coat with pecans. Place on serving plate.
DRIZZLE with syrup before serving with assorted NABISCO Crackers and cut-up fresh vegetables, such as carrot and celery sticks.

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