This is perfect for the holidays because of the red and green colors, but it is great anytime of the year.
HOLIDAY CHEESE BALL
2 - 8 oz pkgs of cream cheese, softened
1 small bunch green onions
1 pkg thin sliced beef (available prepackaged)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ACCENT powder (optional *contains MSG)
sprinkle cayenne powder
Soften cream cheese to room temperature. Rinse and thinly slice the green portion only of the onions. Thinly slice the beef into very small pieces. (Food processor works well for this step.) Slowly fold in beef and onion to a uniform mixture until you have equal red and green colors. Fold in garlic, onion powder and accent powder until well mixed. Taste and add more garlic powder if needed. Place mixture on center of large sheet of plastic wrap. Fold wrap around the cheese and form into ball shape. Refrigerate until well chilled. (approximately 2 hrs)
To serve, remove plastic wrap and place in center of serving dish. Lightly sprinkle cayenne pepper on top to add color and zest. Serve with holiday shaped crackers or your favorite cracker.