Georgia Pecan Cheese Ring

  • Serves 24
  • Georgia Pecan Commission

In the 1970s, people had little concern about their diets, and so they dug deep into spreads like this one at cocktail parties. It is a decadent combination of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, onion, mayonnaise, red pepper and Georgia pecans. And when you pair it with strawberry preserves you have a memorable, and "very retro" appetizer.

  • 1 pound extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (4 cups)
  • 1 pound medium cheddar cheese, shredded (4 cups)
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup chopped Georgia pecans
  • 1 cup strawberry preserves, optional

Place shredded cheese, onion, mayonnaise and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. Stir until well combined. Place a 3-inch custard cup upside down in the middle of a 10-inch spring form pan.

Sprinkle half of the pecans in the bottom of the pan. Spread cheese mixture on top of pecans. Cover with plastic wrap and chill the mixture until firm, at least 1 hour. When ready to serve, unmold the cheese ring onto a platter and pat remaining pecans onto top and sides of ring. If desired, spoon strawberry preserves in the center. Serve with crackers.

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