We closed 2017 and rang in 2018 with one of our favorite recipes from the past year. 🙂 I made my pimento cheese into individual portions, so everyone could easily grab one onto their plate. I also dressed them up for the party with a few adorable New Year flags from IsiDesigns!
Pimento Cheese Balls
Makes about 12 cheese balls
Approximately 2 cups sliced almonds
2 ounces extra sharp cheddar, coarsely grated
1/2 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
1 teaspoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons jarred pimentos, drained and squeezed to remove excess liquid
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
Pinch of cayenne
Chop the almonds coarsely. Set them aside in a shallow bowl.
In the bowl of a food processor, add the remaining ingredients. Process until smooth.
Transfer the cheese to an airtight storage container, and refrigerate overnight.
After the cheese is chilled, scoop it into 1 tablespoon portions. Roll the chilled cheese in your hands to make a ball. Roll the ball in the almonds until evenly coated. Repeat with the remaining portions of cheese.