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Test Kitchen Approved

Whiskey Barrel Smoked Cheese Ball

Recipe By Dia S.


8 servings

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Cooking Time

5 Minutes

Recipe By Dia S.

Nothing brings people together like a cheese ball.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with crackers, cut vegetables, and cocktails.


8 oz. smoked Gouda, shredded

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ cups cooked, crumbled bacon

1 Tbsp. water

¼ tsp. Kosher Salt

½ cups pecans, toasted and rough chopped

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Combine all ingredients (except pecans) in food processor. Blend for 30 seconds, or until smooth, scraping down sides with spatula as needed. Scoop mixture into a bowl, cover, and chill for 2 hours. Place pecans on a plate. With hands, form chilled mixture into a large ball, or 25 to 30 individual bite-sized balls. Roll ball(s) in pecans, pressing gently to coat evenly. Chill until ready to serve.