Strawberry Jalapeno Cheese Ball

Jalapeños are the most popular chile peppers in the US. This is probably due to the availability and versatility of the chile. Jalapeños have a balanced combination of flavor and heat. The demand for these have caused breeders to develop a broad range of varieties.

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Ingredients

  • 2 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups white cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 jar Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeño Fruit Spread
  • 1 jalapeño finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp parsley chopped
  • 1 cup pecan chips

Instructions

  1. Mix the softened cream cheese and white cheddar cheese together using a mixer or by hand.
  2. Pour the jar of Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeño Fruit Spread into a mesh strainer that has been placed over a bowl. Stir a few times until about 2 tablespoons of fine jelly are strained into the bowl. Place the contents of the bowl back in the Smucker’s jar and save for later use.
  3. Blend the remaining Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeño Fruit Spread with the cheese mixture. When well blended, add jalapeño and parsley.
  4. Place two sections of plastic wrap on the counter. Divide the cheese mixture between the two sections. Wrap the mixture into a ball. Make sure it is completely covered with the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. When ready to serve, unwrap the cheese ball and roll it in the pecan chips until it is completely covered. Serve on a plate or platter with a variety of crackers, celery sticks, carrot sticks, and sliced cucumbers.

Recipe from Favorite Family Recipes, 2016