(Makes two cheese balls)
Here’s what you will need:
16 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup kalamata olives (or pimientos), drained and chopped
1/4 cup apricot preserves
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
8 slices of bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
1/3 cup walnuts, finally chopped
1/2 cup pistachio nuts, finely chopped*
1 tablespoon paprika*
*Optional depending on preferred coating.
Using a hand mixer, combine the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, kalamata olives (or pimientos), apricot preserves, milk, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and about 1/2 of the bacon in a large bowl until smooth.
Then shape the cheese mixture into 2 balls. Again, there is no need to be perfect here since apples aren’t uniformly shaped. Make an indentation in the top of each with your thumb so the balls resemble apples. Chill them for 30 minutes.
Remove from the refrigerator and coat the cheese balls in the remaining chopped bacon and walnuts. (If preferred, the balls could instead be covered in pistachio nuts mixed with paprika.) Cover and chill for at least two hours before serving. Insert a branch with leaves to resemble an apple stem.