I found this recipe in a popular magazine this year and thought it sounded like a great addition to a holiday party. It is so simple, yet very impressive (and tasty too).
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese at room temperature
4 ounces light cream cheese, softened
4 drops of hot pepper sauce (optional)
1/2 cup dried apple, chopped
1/3 cup dried apricot, chopped
1/4 cup dried pineapple, chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans)
1.Beat together, the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and hot sauce (if using), in a small bowl until blended, about 1 minute.
2. Stir in all the fruit with a wooden spoon. Using a tablespoon, form mixture into balls, then roll between palms. Finally, roll balls in the chopped nuts to coat.