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Jalapeño Bacon Cheeseball

Course Appetizer

Ingredients
  

  • 8 slices Bacon diced
  • 1/4 cup almonds chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parsley fresh, chopped
  • 2 8 ounce packages Cream Cheese room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cup cheddar cheese yellow, sharp, grated
  • 1 1 ounce package ranch dressing mix
  • 1/4 cup jalapeños finely chopped
  • 1/4 cups Green Onion chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Remove to paper towel lined plate. Once cool, chop into small pieces. In a small bowl, mix half of the bacon with the chopped almonds and parsley. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ranch seasoning mix, jalapeños, green onions, cayenne pepper and the remaining bacon.
  • Place mixture in a bowl and cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and shape into a ball using wax paper to prevent the mixture from sticking. Roll the ball in the mixture of bacon, almonds and parsley. Place on a platter and serve with crackers and fresh grapes.