Seasonal Starter



Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Looking to impress guests this holiday season? This cheery cheese ball's the perfect way. 
Family and friends will pine for it afterward, for sure!
Course Appetizer
Keyword Almond, Cheese, Decorative, Holiday
Servings 6
Author Inside Columbia Staff


  • 16 ounces Philly cream cheese
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped red or green pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped scallions
  • 1 Tsp Worchester sauce
  • 2 Tsp lemon juice
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • cups crumbled crisp backon *optional
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish


  • Let cheeses soften at room temperature and mix well. Blend in remaining ingredients, chill, then shape into one or two small ovals on a serving plate. For pine cone effect, place toasted whole almonds into cheese at slight angles, like roof shingles.
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