Warning: The combination of sweet, spicy, and salty in this cheese ball makes it addictive.
Are you ready to celebrate National Cheese Ball Day with me, Kathey Raskin of Las Vegas? It’s only two days away! The cheese ball is a cocktail party classic, and your guests won’t soon forget this new twist on an old favorite— the Spicy Candied Pecan and Bacon Cheese Ball. The secret here is in the cheese. Combining medium sharp cheddar and cream cheese takes the edge off the hot sauce, while the candied nuts deliciously contrast it.
8-ounce) package room-temperature cream cheese
1 ½ cups shredded medium cheddar cheese
½ cup diced bacon (Don’t skimp here. Go for the good stuff!)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6–10 dashes hot sauce
1 cup candied pecans, crushed into pieces