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Red Wine Cheese Ball Pairing

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Servings: 6-8 servings
  • Course: Appetizers & Snacks

A perfect paring for any party, this three-layer cheese ball made using Plastic Wrap will have you nibbling away at layers while sipping complementary red wines. Serve layer 1 with Merlot, layer 2 with Malbec and layer 3 with Pinot Noir.

Reynolds Kitchens® Tips

Reynolds Kitchens Tip

Reynolds KITCHENS™ Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap features an easy to use Built-In Slide Cutter that gives you get a clean cut every time and conveniently stays locked in place when not in use. Never lose the end of the roll thanks to the innovative Starter Edge™.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap

Layer 1

  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium Jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Layer 2

  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6-8 strips cooked bacon, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons ranch dressing
  • salt and pepper to taste

Layer 3

  • 8 ounces Brie cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam
  • 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary

Directions

Step 1

LINE a medium sized mixing bowl with Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap and set aside.

Step 2

COMBINE all ingredients for layer 1 in a bowl. Mix thoroughly to fully combine.

Step 3

TRANSFER mixture to plastic wrap lined bowl. Using a second piece of plastic wrap, press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the bowl to create a smooth and even layer. Cover in plastic wrap and transfer to freezer for 15 minutes.

Step 4

COMBINE all ingredients for layer 2 in a bowl. Mix thoroughly to fully combine.

Step 5

TRANSFER mixture to plastic wrap lined bowl, on top of layer 1. Using a second piece of plastic wrap, press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of layer 1 to create a smooth and even second layer. Cover in plastic wrap and transfer to freezer for 15 minutes.

Step 6

COMBINE all ingredients for layer 3 in a bowl. Mix thoroughly to fully combine.

Step 7

TRANSFER mixture into the cavity on top of layer 2. Using a second piece of plastic wrap to press and smooth top. Cover in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 2 hours.

Step 8

REMOVE plastic wrap from base of chilled cheese ball. Invert on to a plate. Remove loaf pan, then remove plastic wrap from cheese ball. Cover with chopped almonds before serving. Serve layer 1 with Merlot, layer 2 with Malbec and layer 3 with Pinot Noir.

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