Homemade for the Holidays: Cheese Ring

Cheese Ring 3.1Merry Christmas!!

I know you have tons of fun to get back to so I’ll be quick. This appetizer sounds like a strange combination of flavors. Cheese, pecans, mayo and strawberry preserves? When my mom first explained it to me a few years ago, I think I said something to the effect that I probably wouldn’t be eating it. She insisted that I at least try it and now it’s a family favorite, especially during the holidays.

Cheese, pecans, mayonnaise, spices and onion come together to make a savory delight for the taste buds. The mixture is pressed into two pie plates and refrigerated until it’s time to eat. Right before serving, it’s topped with strawberry preserves. Serve with a sturdy crackers for scooping.

Cheese Ring 2

The sweet and salty mix is irresistible and you may find it hard to stop eating. Yum!

Cheese Ring

Also known as Jimmy Carter's Cheese Ring

Recipe discovered by my mom


  • • 2 Tbsp grated onion
  • • 2 Tbsp milk
  • • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • • Dash or more of cayenne pepper
  • • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • • 1 lb grated sharp cheddar
  • • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • • 1 jar strawberry preserves


  1. In a small bowl, mix together grated onion, milk, black pepper, cayenne pepper and mayonnaise.
  2. Put cheese and pecans in a large bowl. Pour the first mixture over the cheese and pecans. Stir together.
  3. Press mixture into 2 - 8 inch pie plates, making a ridge around the edge.
  4. Cover and refrigerate.
  5. When ready to serve, put strawberry preserves in the center.
  6. Serve with buttery or whole-wheat crackers.

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Thank you to my fabulous Homemade for the Holidays guests. What lovely ladies!!

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Have the merriest Christmas.

Take care.

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This blog will be taking a break until the beginning of January. I’ll pop back in for my birthday and New Years. See you soon!

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