Pimento Cheese & Bacon Mini Cheese Ball Bites

 

Mini cheese balls of homemade pimento cheese are rolled in a coating of crispy bacon, toasted pecans, and minced fresh jalapeños and then speared with a pretzel stick for fun, easy-to-eat appetizers! Well, the Super Bowl countdown is officially on! So who are you rooting for...the Seahawks or the Patriots? I don't really have a vested interest in either team this year. But I do love football, and I do love the commercials, and I absolutely adore football-watching grub...so you

What you will need

For the Pimento Cheese:

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated

1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimentos, drained

Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Mini Cheese Ball Bites

For the Mini Cheese Ball Bites:

18 ounces bacon, cooked until crisp and finely diced (about 1 1/2 cups diced)

1 1/2 cups pecans, toasted and finely chopped

1 to 2 jalapeños, minced (seeds & membranes removed)

Pretzel sticks

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