Aunt Loraine's Brady Bunch Cheese Ball

Aunt Loraine's Brady Bunch Cheese Ball

from Ellen Stimson's "An Old-Fashioned Christmas"

(my changes in red)

3 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese

8 ounces cream cheese

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/3 cup chopped green olives

3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 dashes garlic power

4 dashes celery seed

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 T. brandy

12 ounces chopped pecans (this was way too much - I used about 4 ounces (1 cup) and it was plenty to coat, as you can see in the photo.

Mix all the ingredients except for the pecans. I used my KitchenAid mixer to get things started, then put everything into the food processor to finish. Alternatively, you could also mix everything using a strong spoon and bowl, along with some "elbow grease." Shape into a ball.

I found it easiest to line a small bowl with plastic wrap, then scoop the mixture into the plastic wrap, shaping it somewhat into a ball, using the plastic wrap to help. 

Place in the refrigerator so the ball can chill and solidify and flavors blend (I left it in overnight, but a few hours will likely be enough). The next day, cover with the chopped pecans.