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CheeseĀ Volcano

October  4, 2022
0 Ratings
  • Serves 20
Author Notes

When I began to think about what recipe is always a hit during our open houses or large parties it has always been what we call a cheese volcano. The ingredients are so simple and basic and many may think this is just another cheese ball but people devour it. Within an hour there is nothing but rubble left on a plate. It would take hundreds of millions of years to do that to a regular volcano. I keep doing a double check of the ingredients for some addictive ingredient but cannot find one. It just works and people can't stay away from it. You can mold this into any shape you want. Remember your old jelly molds. They could be used again to mold the cheese into something other than a volcano. The jam does make a difference so as it disappears replenish it on the volcano for your guests. Enjoy! —Threemealsaday

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped & toasted
  • 12 ounces strawberry jam
  1. Beat first 6 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended; stir in the toasted pecans. Shape mixture into a volcano shape, or spoon into a 5 cup mold. Cover and chill 8 hours. Spoon preserves into/over the cheese. Serve immediately with crackers or toasts
  2. We often use a mixture of orange and white cheddar but any option will work.
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4 Reviews

vvvanessa December 1, 2010
the name and the blurb are hilarious. and i can't imagine not loving a dish that has a pound a of cheese and a cup of mayonnaise in it!
Threemealsaday December 4, 2010
Thanks....Just use good cheese!
luvcookbooks December 1, 2010
This sounds dubious but I have to rethink the whole cheese and jam issue. Have a recipe for cheddar cheese and blackberry jam grilled cheese sandwiches waiting to be tried. Picture and name of recipe are so cool....
Threemealsaday December 1, 2010
Thanks for the comment. It still surprises me but people always want the recipe. It is not your typical cheese ball.