Spicy Mini Bacon Cheeseballs


12 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoky paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, finely diced
8 slices bacon, cooked crispy and finely chopped
1/3 cup fresh chives, finely chopped
1/2 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped
18 pretzel sticks


In large bowl, mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper and jalapeno until well blended.
Using a tablespoon or melon baller, scoop cheese and roll into a ball. Continue rolling cheese into similarly sized balls.
Arrange all cheese balls on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill in refrigerator for minimum of 1 hour to set.
In shallow saucer or bowl, place cooked bacon, chives and pecans. Mix well.Roll each ball completely on all sides into bacon mixture. Place on serving tray.
Insert pretzel stick into each ball and serve.


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