Mini Pear, Rosemary, and Cheddar Holiday Cheese Balls
8 oz Tillamook Original Farmstyle Cream Cheese Spread, room temperature
1 cup Tillamook Reserve Extra Sharp White Cheddar, shredded
½ cup Tillamook Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar, shredded
½ cup Dried pear, chopped fine
2 tsp Fresh rosemary, chopped fine
3 tbsp Mascarpone
1 tsp Honey
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Pepper
1 cup Finely chopped hazelnuts
1 tbsp Scoop
In the bowl of a mixer, using a paddle attachment, gently stir the cream cheese until smooth. Turn the mixer off. Add in the cheese, dried pear, rosemary, mascarpone, honey, salt, and pepper. Mix again until just combined. Place in a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 2-4 hours or until firm.
Using a 1 tbsp size scoop or spoon, scoop out a ball of the cheese mix, place in a bowl with the chopped hazelnuts, and roll it around to coat each side. Press the nuts in gently with your hands, if needed. Place the ball on a tray and continue with the remaining cheese until all are covered.