Cheddar Balls

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Hot, spicy, tangy, creamy … this easy appetizer is made for cheese lovers! SAM

1 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, finely grated, room temperature (4 cups)
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 ounces brandy
1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
2 or 3 dashes of hot-pepper sauce or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts

In a large bowl, combine the cheese, mayonnaise, brandy, paprika, hot-pepper sauce, and pepper. Chill for 3 to 4 hours. Form the cheese mixture into 1/2-inch balls and roll in nuts.
Makes 5 dozen 1/2-inch balls.

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