Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pine Cone Cheese Ball


  • 1 1/4 cups whole natural almonds
  • 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
  • 3 crispy cooked bacon slices, crumbled
  • 1/2 C. Shredded ham
  • 1/2 C. Fancy shredded cheddar cheese
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pinch of Garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
  • Sprigs of rosemary for garnish


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Place and spread all the almonds on a cookie sheet or in a shallow pan, pushing the almonds around until they turn color, about 20 minutes.
Mix together the cream cheese and the mayonnaise. Add the bacon, ham, cheddar cheese salt and pepper, garlic, Tabasco, Worcestershire and onion. Chill overnight.
On a serving platter, make 2 pine cone shapes with the cheese. Begin to press the almonds at a slight angle into the cheese, starting at the narrow end of the pine cone shape.
Do this in rows, continuing to overlap rows until all the cheese is covered. Garnish with fake sprigs, or real ones, or with rosemary.
Serve at room temperature and spread on crackers.


  1. Looks good with sliced almonds too.

  2. Definitely going to give this one a try! :)

  3. Sound delish and love the look going to try to make this. Thanks, Andi

  4. I made this...and it certainly was a big hit! Yummy!