We love cheese in our family, especially sharp cheddar cheese. It is one of our favorites and we love pairing it with crackers for a snack. Cheese balls have had their place as an appetizer, snack and party food for years. The first cheese ball, however, was of grander proportions. In the early 1800s, Elder John Leland of Cheshire, Massachusetts crafted a cheese ball that weighed a hefty 1,235 pounds. According to legend, the Baptist community of Cheshire donated milk from over 900 cows to make enough cheese for this ball known as “The Mammoth Cheese.” Preaching along the way, he transported the ball by wagon and then rolled it across the White House lawn to serve it to President Thomas Jefferson to show his Republican patriotism and appreciation for religious liberty. The adaptable appetizer resurfaced publicly in 1944 while women were throwing modest parties during wartime. The cheese ball had a place in this for its versatility.
Next time you are at a party with a cheese ball on the menu, you will be educated as to its history.
9 oz cream cheese, softened
8 oz sharp cheese shredded
4 oz mild cheddar cheese shredded
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
red pepper to taste
garlic salt to taste
1 cup pecans, chopped
Mix/mold together (food processor works great). Form into ball and roll in pecans. Wrap in seran wrap until you are ready to plate and serve.