Make-Ahead Snowman Cheese Ball

All holiday appetizers should be this fun! This adorable
snowman is made of a delicious spread of seasoned cream
and Cheddar cheeses.

Prep: 10 min Chill: 4 hr

3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 tablespoon grated onion
1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard
2 drops red pepper sauce
1 container (4 ounces) whipped cream cheese, softened
Decorations (see Success Hint), if desired
Assorted crackers, if desired

1. Mix 3 packages cream cheese and the Cheddar cheese; divide
into 3 equal parts. Combine 2 parts to equal two-thirds of
mixture; mix in pesto. Mix onion, mustard and pepper sauce into
remaining one-third mixture.

2. Cover each cheese mixture and refrigerate about 4 hours or
until firm enough to shape. Shape each cheese mixture into ball.
Wrap each ball, label and freeze. May be frozen up to 1 month ahead.

3. About 12 hours before serving, remove balls from freezer.
Thaw in wrappers in refrigerator.

4. Arrange balls on serving plate with smaller ball on top for
head of snowman. Frost snowman with whipped cream cheese before
serving. Decorate as desired. Serve with crackers. Store covered
in refrigerator.

Makes 7 cups spread

Use your imagination to decorate this whimsical snowman! You can
use fresh rosemary and dried cranberries (crown), chopped olive
pieces or raisins (eyes and buttons), pimiento or red bell pepper
(mouth), radicchio or carrot ribbon (scarf), and asparagus spears
or celery sticks (arms).

Nutritional Info Per 1 Tablespoon: Calories 42 (Calories from Fat 35);
Fat 4g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 45mg; Potassium 15mg;
Carbohydrate 0g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 2g

Diet Exchanges: 1 Fat

This recipe courtesy of Back of the Box Recipes. Home Page

This recipe displayed with permission from General Mills, Inc.