Cheese balls are one of our favorite appetizers to make to bring to parties. And this particular one usually ends up being the highlight of the appetizer table! This Pecan Jalapeño and Gouda Cheese Ball has a combo of 3 cheeses, along with garlic, jalapeños, and chives and is covered in toasted pecans!
The 3-cheese combo
There are so many options of cheeses to add to a cheese ball, but we really love this particular 3-cheese combo. We combine equal parts of cream cheese and mascarpone cheese with grated mild gouda in this version and the combo is such a winner for flavor and texture.
Want to take your cheese ball to higher levels?
If you love the spicy life, you can use serrano peppers instead of jalapeños in this recipe. Often jalapeños vary in heat level and can range from very mild like a bell pepper to pretty hot – approaching serrano pepper levels. But serrano peppers are much more consistent, so we often use them to guarantee the heat level we prefer in our cheese ball.
Additionally, for another fun spice twist, you can toss your toasted pecans in 1 tbsp of melted butter, then sprinkle 1-2 tsp of cajun seasoning over them and toss to coat.
We hope you enjoy this Pecan Jalapeño and Gouda Cheese Ball. If you give it a try, leave us a comment below and tell us why you love this recipe. Or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
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