Christmas Cheese Balls

  • Yield: 16 servings

"My husband's late grandmother, Rosemond Creech, called 'Grandma Great' by my children instead of Great Grandmother, created this recipe long ago to serve to her holiday guests. It is still a staple on our table, with its red pimiento and green onions and peppers carrying out the Christmas theme."


2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1cup shredded mild or sharp Cheddar
2tablespoons diced pimiento, drained
2tablespoons finely chopped green onions (white and green parts)
1tablespoon finely chopped green bell pepper
2teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/8teaspoon garlic salt
1teaspoon lemon juice, optional
1/4teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
1cup chopped pecans


  1. Combine the cream cheese, Cheddar, pimiento, green onions, bell pepper, Worcestershire, garlic salt, lemon juice, and cayenne, if using; mix well.
  2. Form the cheese mixture into two balls and roll in the pecans to cover completely.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or overnight. Serve with crackers.

Recipe by Dee Dee Yantz, Smithfield, Ky.