Can you freeze homemade cheese ring/balls?
I am wondering if I can freeze the following recipe with good results: Obviously not the preserves or crackers. I would just like to make to the ring stage, freeze, then take out, thaw, and serve.
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
6 ounces (approx. 1 1 1/2 cups) finely chopped pecans
1 cup mayonnaise (can vary depending on taste use enough to "bind" the ingredients together)
1/2 cup onions, finely diced
Dash cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Jar of strawberry preserves (optional, recommended 12 oz.)
Combine cheese, pecans, onions, and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl. Add in the cayenne and black pepper. Mix thoroughly until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Transfer mixture to a plate and shape by patting the mixture flat and forming a rim around the edge. (If you have a mold, you may use that instead to form the ring, if desired.) Refrigerate until chilled, approximately 2 hours.
Fill the center of the ring with the preserves when you are ready to serve. Serve with crackers. Serves approximately 6-8 people.
FYI This the recipe for the Plains cheese ring made famous by President and Mrs. Carter who were from Plains, GA.
Thanks for any input