Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mom's Famous Ham, Scallion, and Pecan Cheeseball

I have to give credit and thanks to my mother this Thanksgiving Season, you will too after trying this recipe!




I am going to share with you one my family staples. This cheeseball has been made for every single family gathering we have had since I can remember. I know when I go home, mom is making cheeseball and this Thanksgiving will be no different. I wasn't sure if I would be able to make it home (yes, I still call my mom's house my home) with my work schedule, but last minute we were able to secure some flights and I will be headed to St. Louis to enjoy this and all my favorites over the holiday. I cannot wait!


This is such a simple recipe but is really a great starter with some nice flavors to warm up your palette for all that turkey this Thursday. So get to the store, buy some cream cheese, and make it, I promise it will be a hit...




Mom's Famous Ham, Scallion, and Pecan Cheeseball


16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 ounces ham, diced
6 scallions, finely chopped
1 and 1/2 cup halved pecans
crackers for serving


Line a small bowl with cling wrap leaving a small amount of excess wrap and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, ham, and scallions. Mix till thoroughly combined. Spoon cheese mixture into prepared bowl lined with cling wrap, fold over excess wrap to cover cheese ball and press down to form a level surface. Chill cheese mixture in small bowl for ~2 hours. Once cheeseball has chilled remove top of cling wrap and flip onto serving tray. Cover with pecans and serve with your favorite crackers.


I usually make this the night before which makes it is so easy to just pull out of the fridge, top with pecans, and serve! My favorite crackers are usually wheat thins or triscuits, but I have been wanting to make my own and Gina has a great post on Rosemary Parmesan Crackers at What's for Dinner Across State Lines. I would love to know how the two recipes pair together, let me know if you try!




Happy Baking and Happy Thanksgiving!

24 comments:

  1. I used to make this dip and never thought to add the pecans. It looks so good, I know it tastes good. Going to make this tomorrow.

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  2. Yum. This is one of those simple pleasures that you can't stop eating. I can imagine that I would be standing next to it the whole night =)

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving! I love family favorites, and I'm glad you'll be able to make this for your family this year :)

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  4. I love love love cheeseballs! I'm totally making this one!

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  5. Oh, what a simple but instant classic!!

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  6. The cheeseballs are the hardest Thanksgiving item for me to not indulge on. I love the flavors in this recipe and can tell it would be a big hit with me! Looks so good on the crackers and my stomach is growling just thinking about a cheeseball tomorrow! Enjoy your Thanksgiving and your time with your family!

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  7. I love cream cheese dips and especially if it has scallions. It can get addictive. Have a happy turkey day and safe travels Debbie!

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  8. This looks delicious! I love the flavors and know this would disappear quick at a holiday party! Wishing you a great Thanksgiving :)

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  9. perfect treat, I love the pecans on the outside. Lovely.

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  10. Nice simple cheese ball recipe, thanks for sharing.

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  11. Oh gosh, you've got to love "Mom's" recipes. You don't even have to explain anything more about the dish - If it has the "Mom" stamp, you know it's good, and this looks great! Wish I could dip a cracker right into my screen. Thanks for sharing this, Debbie. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  12. Yum! Cheese balls are awesome! Your photos are lovely!

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  13. I love it! it looked like a dessert from afar...so delicate and pretty, but it's actually a delicious savoury snack! :)

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  14. I am not a cheese lover but I this looks really tempting! Congrats on Top 9!

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  15. This looks gorgeous! I love the contrast between the creamy cheese and the crunchy pecans. This would definitely be the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. :)

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  16. Classic for a reason! Yay for moms! Happy Thanksgiving and congrats on the Top 9!

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  17. I absolutely LOVE cheeseball, especially at Christmas! The addition of pecans is brilliant, and I'll definitely be trying this for our annual Christmas Eve buffet!

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  18. My mom makes a very similar cheese ball and it is certainly a family favorite.

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  19. This is actually a really elegant way to serve a cheeseball. I am impressed.

    I made this for Thanksgiving as a treat to snack on while cooking all day long. It was delicious. Thank you for a simple and delicious recipe.

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  20. I love cheese balls. I don't keep them around because I end up eating the whole thing. Tell your mom thanks! :)

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  21. what a yummy recipes you have.
    Congratulations.
    Regards
    olga.

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  22. I can see why this is a family favorite! Sounds yummy. This wouldn't last long in my house!

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  23. This is Exaclty how my mothER makes her famous cheese ball. Glad to see someone else makes it this way. It's bliss!

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