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BACON-JALAPENO CHEESE BALL

Makes: 12 servings Hands-on time: 30 min. Total time: 1 hr., 30 min.

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

½ cup (2 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese

2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ tsp. ground cumin

Pinch ground red pepper

1 tsp. fresh lime juice

½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 jalapeño peppers, stemmed, seeded and diced, divided

6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided

Salt

¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted

Crackers

1. Stir together cream cheese and next 7 ingredients. Add half the jalapeños, half the bacon and salt to taste. Shape mixture into a ball. Set aside.

2. Combine pecans with remaining jalapeño peppers and bacon in a pie plate. Roll cheese ball in pecan mixture. Cover and chill 1 hour. Serve with crackers.