Justin Walker
Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 30 MIN
Serves : 14 to 16

Hoop cheddar cheese is made from milk alone, after all of the whey has been strained out, leaving a creamy, mild flavor and texture to the cheese. Along with saltier aged cheddar and pickled sweet Peppadew peppers, it adds a pimento cheese–like flavor to this nostalgic appetizer.

How to Make It


Stir together cream cheese, aged cheddar, hoop cheddar, cherry peppers, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl until thoroughly blended. Divide mixture into 2 equal portions (about 9 ounces each), and shape into 2 balls. Stir together almonds and chives in a medium bowl. Gently roll each cheese ball into almond mixture; pressing lightly to adhere. Chill 1 hour. Serve with crackers.

Make Ahead

Cheese balls can be made up to 2 days in advance.


If desired, prepare 1 large cheese ball instead of 2 small.

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