This is one of my favourite appetizers and I always make it for Christmas. It only takes a few minutes to throw together but start with room temperature cream cheese or it will be a lot of work. I wanted to have 2 small and 2 fairly large cheese balls so I increased the recipe by fifty percent. The recipe below will make 2 good sized cheese balls - one for you and one to give to a friend.
2 X 8 oz pkg of cream cheese
1 Tbsp of mayonnaise
2 tsp of finely chopped or grated fresh garlic
1 1/2 Tbsp of finely chopped sweet onion
1 can of crab meat
1 1/2 cups of grated cheddar cheese
1 cup of chopped pecans
In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese and mayo and grated cheese. I usually use the orange coloured old Cheddar but I had some extra old white Cheddar for another recipe so that is what I used today. Then stir in your onion, garlic and a drained can of lump crab meat. You could also substitute a can of salmon. It is really good as well but I prefer the crab. Once it is well mixed, form into 2 balls and roll them in pecans (you can substitute any nuts you like). Chill for 2 or 3 hours and serve with crackers.