Sunday, December 30, 2012

French Quarter Cheese Ball

I was never a big fan of cheese balls with pecans or any nut for that matter until I had this at a Christmas party several years ago and it has been a favorite of mine ever since.This cheese ball is a combination of sweet and savory and I love the saltiness the roasted salted pecans add.
If you are still looking for an appetizer for your New Years Eve party try this one. You will make your guests very happy!

Take one 8 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature.

Add 1/2 -1 tsp minced garlic and 1 Tbsp finely chopped onion. Stir to combine.

Spread out onto a plate fairly thin about 1/2 inch thick.
 Cover and refrigerate.

In a skillet melt 4 Tbsp butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, and 1 1/2 tsp honey mustard.

This is the honey mustard I use.

Don't boil, just so the butter is melted and everything stirred together.

Add 1 cup chopped roasted salted pecans. If you can't find the roasted salted pecans, you can make your own by toasting them in a skillet with a little butter and a sprinkling of salt.

Pour over cream cheese and spread to cover. Keep refrigerated but let it come to room temperature before serving.

This is the reason you want to spread your cream cheese out thin on your plate. You want to get some of that delicious topping on every bite.

French Quarter Cheese Ball
8 oz cream cheese softened
1 tsp minced garlic. I use a little less.
1 Tbsp finely chopped onion
Mix together and spread on a plate about 1/2 inch thick.
Cover and refrigerate.
 4 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp honey mustard
Melt butter, add sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and honey mustard. Don't boil, just so it's melted and combined.
Add 1 cup chopped roasted salted pecans.
Pour over cream cheese and spread to cover. Keep refrigerated but let it soften approximately 1 hour before serving.
Serve with assorted crackers.


  1. oh I love this one! super delicious!!

  2. That does sound wonderful. Like you I've never been crazy about the nuts in them but this would make a big difference, although I've never heard of honey mustard until now.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. What's not to love about this?! YUM!! Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick