Cheese Ball with Bacon and Horseradish
4 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces, fried crispy and drained - I like to use a thick cut of good bacon, if you use thin cut, use at least 6 slices.
8 ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature
2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Old Fashioned Horseradish (I use Tulelake Horseradish which is made in Beaverton, Oregon but you can use your favorite brand)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 green onions, chopped - green and white parts
Crackers of your choice, I like a mild cracker
Reserve 1 tablespoon of the chopped green onion and 2 tablespoons of the chopped and cooked bacon. This will be sprinkled over the top of the cheese ball.
In a food processor, combine everything until it is well combined and mostly smooth.
Now, lay out a square piece of plastic wrap, put the cheese mixture into the center of the square, forming a ball. Sprinkle the reserved green onion and bacon on the top. Bring the corners of the wrap up and together. Your cheese ball will form by itself. Refrigerate for at least one hour for the flavors to blend. I usually make this a day ahead and it does keep well for several days in the fridge. Sometimes I make 2 smaller balls and sometimes I make 1 large ball. This is a very flavorful cheese ball so I serve it with a mild flavored cracker or flat bread.