How to Make a Spring Thyme Cheese Ball

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Celebrate Spring this year with a delicious cheese ball. Quick and easy to put together, it's guaranteed to impress your guests!

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Things You'll Need

  • 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 oz. jar of chopped pimento
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • Salt and pepper
  • 10 slices bacon, chopped, fried, and drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans 
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 bunch of fresh thyme sprigs
  • Assorted vegetables and crackers

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Let the cream cheese come to room temperature. Wash and chop the fresh parsley and onions. Slice and fry the bacon until crispy. Chop the pecans.

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(Image: Debbie Williams)

Step 2: Make the Cheese Ball

In a medium sized bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, pimento, 1/4 cup parsley, onion, salt and pepper.

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Stir to combine.

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Add shredded cheddar and Swiss cheeses.

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Stir again.

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Fold in about half of the bacon.

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Turn out the mixture onto plastic wrap, fold over and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours, or overnight.

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Step 3: Create the "Nest"

In a small bowl, mix reserved chopped parsley, chopped pecans, and remaining bacon. Spread out over a piece of plastic wrap.

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(Image: Debbie Williams)

Scoop out the center of the cheese ball and reserve the part you remove. Shape the ball into a nest.

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Pat the topping on the surface of the cheese ball.

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Shape the reserved cheese into "eggs," roll in poppy seeds, and place in the center of the nest.

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Arrange thyme sprigs around the top edge of the nest. Push the ends into the cheese to anchor each sprig.

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Arrange vegetables and vegetables, and serve slightly chilled.

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