Cooper Sharp Cranberry-Orange Sage Cheese Ball

Shred Shred SHRED 10-15 10-15 SERVES: 10-15

Legend has it history’s first cheese ball was created in 1801 for President Thomas Jefferson. If that isn’t a rich pedigree, we don’t know what is. Unfortunately, Mr. Jefferson was about 92 years too soon to cash in on the deliciousness that only Cooper Cheese can bring to the centerpiece of family gathering appetizers that is the cheese ball. But you’re not. You’re right on time.

INGREDIENTS

2-3 sage leaves, minced
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mascarpone, softened
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 1/2 cups Cooper Sharp White cheese, grated
1/2 cup roasted cashews, chopped
pinch of salt and pepper
1 cup dried cranberries

DIRECTIONS

Using a stand mixer, beat together cream cheese, mascarpone, orange peel and shredded Cooper Cheese until combined. Fold in the cashews and minced sage. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.

Lay 1 or 2 large squares of plastic wrap out on your counter. Spoon the cheese mixture on top and wrap the plastic wrap tight around the cheese, making sure it is completely sealed. Use your hands to mold into a ball (or a couple if that’s how you roll … no pun intended). Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Once chilled, using firm but gentle pressure, press the dried cranberries onto the cheese ball. Serve cold, with crackers.