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1 lb sharp cheddar cheese

1 c chopped pecans

1 c mayonnaise

1 small onion, grated

1/4 t ground black pepper

1/8 t cayenne pepper

Lightly toast the pecans in an oven at 350º or in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant. Let cool. Set aside 2 tablespoons of pecans for garnish. Grate the cheese. Combine all ingredients. Turn the mixture out onto a board or serving plate. Using your hands, shape into a ring. Place preserves in the center of the ring. Sprinkle with the reserved pecans. Serve with crackers. May be made ahead and refrigerated. Keeps well for a few days in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Recipe Credited to:

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

Option: Substitute any flavor of Emily G’s Jam


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