Baked Pecan and Tomato Cheese Balls

    25 minutes

    The cheese balls are a delicious mixture of pecan meal, bread crumbs and cheese covered in a tomato sauce and baked to perfection. Uncooked cheese balls can be frozen for later use.

    12 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 1 cup (125g) chopped pecans
    • 1 cup (125g) dried breadcrumbs
    • 1 cup (125g) grated cheese
    • 4 eggs, beaten
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
    • 1 cup (250ml) tomato juice
    • 1 1/4 cups (340ml) condensed tomato soup
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 cup (60g) grated cheddar cheese

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. In a large bowl mix together pecans, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs and onion. Shape into golf ball size balls.
    2. Heat oil in an electric deep fryer or heavy saucepan to 180 degrees C. Add cheese balls to hot oil and fry until brown. Fry in batches to maintain oil temperature. Transfer to an 20cm square baking tray.
    3. In a medium bowl, mix together tomato juice, tomato soup and cumin. Cover cheese balls with sauce. Sprinkle additional cheese on top, if desired.
    4. Bake at 180 degrees C for 15 minutes.

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    Really enjoyed these ... a great change from meatballs - my family enjoyed them too. I also cooked the cheese balls in the oven to avoid deep-frying - 350 degrees for 30 min. was all that was needed. I also placed them on parchment paper so I didn't have to grease the pan either. I substituted my own spiced tomato sauce but next time I'll try the one on the recipe. Thanks Debbie!  -  11 Mar 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is similar to the Italian Cheese Ball recipe I stole from Kettering Medical Center (Kettering, Ohio) in 1980 - only they called for ground walnuts, instead of pecans. I think thre's more flavor with walnuts. Strict carnivores I know don't care for this recipe, and my kids hated it. I love this recipe, however, and so do all my veggie friends. NB: I avoid all frying, so I brown the cheese balls in the oven first - 40 min at 350°F. It makes for a lot of oven time, but cuts way down on the fat intake.  -  08 Jan 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These are excellent! I am a vegetarian and couldn't ask for a more perfect snack or appetizer for a meal. They are absolutely delicious! I accidentally left out the pecans in the first time around and they were still great! I am making them again, being sure that I remember the pecans this time! A++++++ (I hardly ever give five stars)  -  29 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)