Are you looking for a unique appetizer recipe to make and share with your family and friends this Holiday Season? If so I have the perfect suggestion for you. It is the Loaded Smoked Cheese Ball. The perfect combination of flavors that everyone will love! I will show you how easy it is to make yourself.
2 8-ounce bricks cream cheese (cold)
2 Tablespoons Fish & Veggie Seasoning (link below)
8 slices bacon 2 Tablespoons Sweet Rub (link below)
2/3 cup pecans (whole)
1 1/4 cups cheddar cheese (grated for divided use)
1/2 cup pepper jack cheese (grated)
1 jalapeno (seeds removed and minced)
1/3 cup green onions (chopped for divided use)
3 Tablespoons sour cream
Arrange the Bacon slices on a rack and sprinkle with the Sweet Rub. Use a sharp paring knife to score each brick of cream cheese in 1/2 inch deep diamonds. Season the cream cheese on top with the Fish and Veggie Rub. Place the seasoned cream cheese and pecans on another rack.
Smoke the cream cheese, pecans and bacon for 2-3 hours. If the bacon isn't completely cooked you can always finish it in the oven. Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes. Chop the bacon and the pecans into small pieces.
Mix the cream cheese, the sour cream, 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, all of the pepper jack cheese, the diced jalapenos, 2/3 of the bacon pieces, and two-thirds of the green onions. Mix with a spatula or you hands until the small pieces are all well distributed through the cream cheese.
Next form the cheese ball. Lay out two sheets of plastic wrap and wrap the cheese ball. Next combine the chopped pecans, remaining bacon pieces, shredded cheddar cheese, and green onions in a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the cheese ball and the bowl of the pecan mixture for at least 2-3 hours, or overnight.
Pour the pecan and cheese mixture out onto a small baking sheet and spread it into a single layer. Roll the smoked cream cheese ball in the mixture until completely coated, using your hands to press the mixture into the outside of the ball. Serve immediately, or wrap lightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!
To watch me prepare this recipe step by step simply watch my video below.