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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Shrimp Cheese Ball


You've probably been to party after party during this holiday season and you might even be tired of eating the same ol' cheese ball, right?! Well...not anymore! Give this yummy "party ball" a try. We made it for a family get together recently. It makes a very large cheese ball...which was a good thing because it was gobbled down quickly. Its creamy, it has an amazing flavor and its plain fabulous (making my mouth water as I write this post...I want MORE) best of all...it tastes awesome on just about any cracker...(my favorite being the CLUB crackers) we even at it on corn chips. I love how the nuts add a little crunch, while the ranch adds a little "ZIP". Its awesome...serve it at your next party or make it just for fun!

Shrimp Cheese Ball
3-8 oz packaged of softened cream cheese (you can use the low-fat as well...I did)
1/2-1 package Ranch Dip (use to your liking...if you like the flavor stronger use the entire package)
2 cans tiny shrimp, well drained
1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (or pecans)
Plastic wrap

Combine cream cheese, shrimp and ranch, mix well with an electric mixer (this is where you want to taste it to see if you want to add more of the Ranch mix...remember- add a small amount at a time, you can always add more Ranch if the flavor isn't strong enough for you). Add grated cheese and continue to mix until well blended. Place chopped nuts in a pie plate. Remove cheese mixture from mixing bowl, using your hands (yes, this gets messy...but I sprayed my hands with some pan coating to help the cheese from sticking to my hands), form a ball. Roll in chopped nuts. Place nut covered cheese ball onto a large piece of plastic wrap (such as Saran Wrap) and wrap ball up. Place wrapped ball on a small plate or in a bowl and place in the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with your favorite cracker or chip!

Happy Cooking~
Julie

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