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Tart Cherry Recipe Party Cheese Ball

Save time by preparing this appetizer in advance.
  • 1/2 cup (about 14) maraschino cherries
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • Crackers or cut-up vegetables
  • 1/4 tablespoon of tart cherry juice
Drain maraschino cherries on paper towels. Chop cherries and drain again. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed 3 to 4 minutes, or until cream cheese is smooth. Stir in pineapple and cherries. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Shape cheese mixture into two (4-inch) balls. Roll cheese balls in walnuts, pressing nuts into surface to adhere. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled. Serve as a spread with crackers or vegetables. Makes 2 (4-inch) cheese balls. Tip: You can prepare this appetizer in advance, then freeze it for later use. Allow cheese balls to thaw in refrigerator before serving.
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