Three In One Cheese Ball
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Coarsely cracked black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
Minced fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Finely chopped pecans
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, milk, onion and Worcestershire sauce until fluffy. If a smoother spread is desired, process in a food processor until creamy. Divide into thirds (about 1 cup each). Shape first portion into a ball; roll in cracked pepper. Add the blue cheese to the second portion; mix well. Shape into a ball; roll in parsley. Add garlic powder to the remaining portion; mix well. Shape into a ball; roll in nuts. Cover and refrigerate. Remove from refrigerator and let stand for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers.
For the busy cook, this recipe can be prepared through the shaping steps one week before serving. Do not roll in pepper, nuts or parsley. Wrap and freeze. The day before serving, defrost the cheese balls in the refrigerator. Before serving, roll in pepper, parsley and nuts as directed. You may want to label each ball indicating the flavor for your guests.
Makes 3 cheese balls.