Bacon Japapeno Cheese Ball

Daddy Hughey loves to make cheese balls.  When I came across this recipe, I asked him to make it for our New Year’s Eve Party.  He doubled the recipe and added extra jalapeno and crumbled bacon.  The result was perfect!

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Pinch of cayenne

1 teaspoon lime juice

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 jalapeños, stems and seeds removed, diced, divided

6 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled, divided (about 6 ounces)

Salt to taste 1/4 cup chopped pecans, roasted

Crackers for serving

Mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cilantro, garlic, cumin, cayenne, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, half of the diced jalapeños and half of the crumbled cooked bacon. Taste and adjust seasonings and add salt.
Place the roasted pecans and remaining diced jalapeños and bacon on a plate. Stir together so well mixed. With your hands, roll the cheese mixture into a ball, then place on the plate and roll in the jalapeños, bacon and pecans until covered.
Chill covered for at least an hour before serving. Serve with crackers.

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