Retro Pistachio Cheese Ball

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3 cups sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons white wine or dry sherry
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 drops hot sauce or salsa
1/4 cup shelled pistachios, chopped

Using a mixer, blend shredded cheese, softened cream cheese, wine, mustard, and hot sauce together.  Place into small bowl and chill, covered, in refrigerator till firm enough to handle (approximately 1/2 hour).  Remove and shape into ball.  Chop pistachios in a food processor; place nuts into dish large enough to roll cheese ball in.  Cover outside of cheese ball completely.  Serve with bread or crackers.


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