Party Cheese Spread

We make this typically at Christmas to snack on while waiting for the big meal, but it's really good any time.

This recipe can be split after making to make 2 smaller amounts or 1 large amount.

Party Cheese Spread

2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened

1 package (8 oz.) lunch meat ham, chopped fine (we prefer nitrate/rite-free)

5 green onions, chopped fine

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

1 cup pecans, chopped (optional or use another nut)

Mix all ingredients except for nuts in a large bowl. Make sure it's all well combined. Divide into equal parts + shape into balls or logs or transfer to a shallow serving dish to dip out of. Coat mixture on the outside until fully-covered with nuts (or not). Wrap in plastic wrap + chill for 2 hours or until ready to serve. Let it set out just a bit to soften enough to scoop up then serve with crackers.

We usually call this Party Cheese Balls because we roll it in balls for whatever reason but I didn't want to do that here, so really it's just spread so I renamed it : ) haha

And we never wait to let it be spreadable, we just dig it off cold with a butter knife, push it on a cracker + eat it! So if you wanna do that too, feel free!

Note: The flavors meld together + are more flavorful if you make it in advance a couple days before serving.

[ I will update post with a real photo of what it looks like when I make it again ]

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