Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Caramelized Garlic Cheese Ball


2 teaspoons Land O Lakes® Butter
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh garlic
1 teaspoon sugar
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
8 ounces (2 cups) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup finely crushed cheese-flavored bite-sized crackers
1 medium bell pepper with stem
Fresh cut-up vegetables

How to make

  1. STEP 1
    Melt 2 teaspoons butter in skillet until sizzling; add garlic and sugar. Cook over medium–high heat, stirring constantly, 3-5 minutes or until garlic just starts to brown. Immediately remove from heat.
  2. STEP 2
    Combine garlic mixture and all remaining spread ingredients in bowl.
  3. STEP 3
    Place crushed crackers into large shallow bowl or pie pan. Roll cheese ball into crackers; press evenly to coat. Place onto serving plate.
  4. STEP 4
    Create stem for top of pumpkin from bell pepper slices.
  5. STEP 5
    Cover; refrigerate 2 hours or overnight to blend flavors. Just before serving; score vertical lines on pumpkin with knife. Serve with crackers and vegetables.

Tip #1

- Cut remaining pepper into strips to serve with cheese spread.

Tip #2

- To crush crackers, place crackers into resealable plastic food bag. Use rolling pin to crush crackers.

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