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Pecan Crusted Bacon Cheese Ball

This savory cheese ball appetizer, made with Musselman’s Apple Butter, is perfect for picnics, parties, or a wine tasting.

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  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup MUSSELMAN’S® Apple Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup pecans, raw and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Step 1
    In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, apple butter and hot sauce until smooth.  Stir in the cheddar and bacon until evenly mixed.

  2. Step 2
    Divide mixture in half and form each half into a ball.  Chill both cheese balls in the fridge until firm, about 1-2 hours.

  3. Step 3
    Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Place the chopped pecans on an ungreased baking sheet and toss with the melted butter and salt.  Bake for 8 minutes, tossing halfway through the baking time.

  4. Step 4
    Remove the pecans from the oven and let cool completely.  Transfer to a cutting board and give them another rough chop.

  5. Step 5
    Roll the surface of the chilled cheese balls in the pecans right before serving. 

Serve with crackers or french bread rounds.

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