Around this past Thanksgiving, the New York Times ran an article entitled “Butterballs or Cheese Balls, an Online Barometer” about data on who searches for what recipes online during Thanksgiving.
Also, they say:
And no matter where in the United States you are, don’t be surprised if the host molds refrigerated breadstick dough and bakes it into a cornucopia centerpiece. It is the break-out hit recipe of the season at Allrecipes.com, the nation’s largest cooking Web site
Remove seeds from the pears and chop the pears into chunks. Put the pear pieces onto a baking pan, splash with a little olive oil, and let roast for 15 minutes. This will bring out a really great flavor to the fruit.
When they come out of the oven, they won’t be super-soft but just right for what we’re doing.
Next, I grated the onion into the Cuisinart and then grated the roasted pear in with it. You could just as well grate the onion by hand into a bowl and then mash the roasted pear into that if you like:
In the Kitchenaid, put all the softened cream cheese into the bowl and start mixing. Add the Gorgonzola next, then the onion/pear mixture:
Taste. Isn’t that great!? If you want, you can add any extra Gorgonzola now.
If you’re making cheese balls, lay out a nice size of Saran, put half the mixture in the middle, and wrap up to make a ball shape. Twist all the extra Saran together and put that on the bottom so it doesn’t come undone. Do the same with the other half of the mixture and place this in the freezer for about an hour. You can perfect the round shape a little later – this is just getting it hard enough to work with:
After it’s been in the freezer for an hour or so, take out, unwrap, and roll each cheese ball into the pecans — and if you prefer, instead of big pecan pieces, you could even chop these into bits, really:
…and if you like, pour your favorite jelly or preserves on top. If the preserves have been in the refrigerator, you may want to pour them into a bowl and microwave for 20 or 30 seconds to get that nice and pourable:
Serve with crackers or teensy toasts: