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Pomegranate & Nut Cheese Ball Recipe (with hidden veggie!)

The holidays aren’t quite complete without a cheese ball – and this one is extra festive! Red pomegranate seeds adorn this nutty cheese ball, complete with a hidden veggie (hint: it makes the cheese ball green!). So pretty you won’t want to start, so delicious you won’t won’t to stop.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Refrigerate1 hr
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese ball, party food, pecans, pomegranate
Servings: 12 servings


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup spinach, packed
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • seeds of 1 pomegranate


  • In a food processor, pulse spinach until fine, then pulse in pecans. Pulse in white cheddar, garlic powder, nutmeg, and salt until well blended.
  • Warm cream cheese until softened enough to mix but not melted. Two 10-second intervals in the microwave should be about right, but check after the first 10 seconds to make sure.
  • Combine cream cheese with spinach-nut mixture, either in the food processor, a mixer, or mixing in a bowl by hand. Mix until well combined.
  • Place the mixture into a small, plastic-wrapped bowl. Roughly shape into a ball and cover completely with plastic. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour, overnight is fine.
  • De-seed pomegranate. Take the cheese ball from the fridge, remove plastic, and place on a serving dish. Cover in pomegranate arils. Serve with crackers.