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It’s not the holidays without a cheese ball! How to center a party around this snack

Make the cheese ball the center of your next Christmas gathering.

Let the cheese bring the holiday cheer! The cheddar takes center stage at this Christmas party theme, for a night of fromage and fun.

Amy Richardson shares how to pull off a Christmas cheese party. Her family has taken on the tradition for many years, and she says it’s one of their favorite traditions. She shares how to style the cheese and pick the perfect curation, AND three delicious and elevated cheese ball recipes.

Find more from Amy on Instagram, @amyparkerrichardson, or on her website, Find the other two recipes on Amy’s website, here.


Wensleydale Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Ball


  • 2 pkgs 8 oz cream cheese
  • 7 oz Wensleydale Cranberry Cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, reconstituted by if necessary
  • 1-1 1/2 cups coarsly chopped pistachios


  1. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, until smooth. Add Wensleydale cheese, and dried cranberries, and beat until thoroughly blended.
  2. Lay a piece of plastic wrap onto a flat surface. Place a pile of chop nuts in the center then while scraping the bowl from a ball out of the cheese mixture. Place cheese on top of nuts and gather nuts around the cheese ball and lightly press, using the plastic to make a good shape.
  3. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight.
  4. Makes one party size cheese ball.

Recipe by Amy Richardson


Amy Richardson is a longtime food and party contributor for KSL’s Studio 5. She is a self-taught home cook, recipe innovator, food stylist and food photographer. She shares her enthusiasm and creativity by bringing together beautiful food and family, to make wonderful memories!

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