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Nutty Pimiento Cheese Balls

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From EatingWell:  May/June 2011

These bite-size pimiento cheese balls from Jamie and Bobby Deen are a huge hit with kids (of all ages). They’re the perfect appetizer to bring to a summer picnic. Jamie and Bobby share a passion for great home-cooked food with a Southern flair with their celebrity-chef mom, Paula Deen. These brothers are following in their mom’s footsteps with their own TV shows, books and website. Our favorite part of what they’re up to: healthy makeovers of some of Paula’s recipes! Recipe adapted from The Deen Bros. Get Fired Up, by Jamie & Bobby Deen and Melissa Clark (Ballantine Books, 2011).

About 3 1/2 dozen balls | Active Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Process cream cheese in a food processor until smooth. Add Cheddar, Monterey Jack, mayonnaise, pimientos, onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper and pulse to combine. Scrape into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
  2. Place pecans in a medium bowl. Roll the cheese mixture into 1-inch balls and coat each ball evenly with pecans.
  3. Serve the cheese balls at room temperature or chilled.

Nutrition

Per cheese ball : 64 Calories; 6 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 11 mg Cholesterol; 1 g Carbohydrates; 3 g Protein; 0 g Fiber; 81 mg Sodium; 19 mg Potassium

0 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 fat

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