Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls

You can’t go wrong when you bring this appetizer to any bring a dish to pass

Serve at your summer Celebration. Cheddar and Bacon is everybody’s favorite

Great for a Happy Hour with friends  make ahead  and enjoy

 

pound extra sharp cheddar cheese*, finely shredded

28 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)

12 ounce jar sliced pimento, rinsed, drained, patted dry, and chopped

1/4 cup apricot preserves

tablespoons milk

teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce

8 – 10 slice bacon, crisp cooked and crumbled

1/3 cup pistachio nuts, chopped

Celery stalks, cucumber slices, apricot halves, and/or toasted baguette slices

In a very large bowl combine cheddar and cream cheese; let stand to come to room temperature (about 45 minutes).

Add pimientos, apricot preserves, milk, Worcestershire, hot pepper sauce and about 1/2 of the cooked bacon. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until almost smooth.

Cover and chill cheese mixture (and cooked bacon) 2 hours or until easy to handle. Divide 1 inch balls on waxed paper  Cover and chill. Roll in bacon bits or pistachios within 4 hours of serving.