Sweet pear, salty Cheddar cheese and crunchy nuts make this healthy cheese ball recipe an alluring holiday treat. Serve with an array of crudités and crisp party crackers.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2015


Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Stir cream cheese, Cheddar, pear, scallion white, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl.

  • Coat a large piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray. Scoop the cheese mixture onto it. Using the plastic wrap to help you, form the cheese mixture into a ball, then completely wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.

  • Just before serving, combine pecans and the reserved scallion greens in a shallow dish. Roll the cheese ball in the mixture, pressing to adhere.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

63 calories; protein 2.5g; carbohydrates 1.8g; dietary fiber 0.4g; fat 5.3g; saturated fat 2.4g; cholesterol 13mg; vitamin a iu 147IU; vitamin c 0.4mg; folate 4.1mcg; calcium 53.1mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 5.1mg; potassium 35.7mg; sodium 118.1mg.

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  • 5 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
Good with some modifications Made this for 3 events now and it was a hit... Here's what I did differently: 1. Toast the pecans in a pan or the oven for a few. Also chop them finely. use some of the small 'dust' or pieces to mix right in the dip to get that toasty nutty flavor right in the dip. 2. GOAT CHEESE- either replace some of the cream cheese or just add about 4 oz or more to give the dip some tang! 3. I'm not a big onion person but depending on how big your green onion is it may need a bit more. 4. The favorite way I served this is on crostini that was made from day old bread with just a little salt/pepper and a hint of granulated garlic. Second favorite- pretzel thins so that the flavor comes through! Pros: Easy Crowd Pleaser Make Ahead Transportable attractive Easy to Modify Cons: A little bland as is Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was a huge hit. I followed the suggestions from another reviewer and added toasted pecan bits and extra onion. I also made it the night before so the flavors could meld. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
An absolute crowd-pleaser. The pear added the nicest sweetness to the whole thing. I will definitely make this again. and I too will make it the night before and let the cheese sit overnight in fridge as another reviewer suggested. Then roll it in the pecans just before serving. Read More