Ava’s Holiday Cheeseball Recipe

Ava Gardner was a Southern woman through and through. In her autobiography she talks about food & family and brags about her mother’s cooking.

“The kitchen…always looked as though a hurricane had just swept through it. But out of that mess came the most wonderful food. Her cooking was really the result of knowledge handed down from mother to daughter for generations.” – Ava Gardner on her mother’s cooking in Ava: My Story.

In honor of the holiday season we are sharing Ava’s personal recipe for her holiday cheeseball.

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Handwritten recipe for Ava’s Holiday Cheeseball.

Ingredients:

1 large package cream cheese

5 oz Roquefort Cheese

5 oz soft cheddar cheese

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 cup crushed walnuts (soaked in port sherry)

Leave cheeses out overnight so it can be mixed easily. Mix all ingredients together (except nuts), blend well. Add ½ cup chopped walnuts and mix again. Form into a large ball and place in fridge overnight or all day. Half hour before serving, roll in remaining walnuts. Serve.

Want more of Ava’s family recipes? Check out the recipe cards available in our gift shop! These recipes, straight from the Gardner Family kitchen, include some of Ava’s Southern favorites.

The Ava Gardner Museum’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us with Thanksgiving next week and only 34 days till Christmas! The Ava Gardner Museum Gift Shop has great gifts for the classic film buffs and Ava fans in your life.

Buying from our gift shop also supports our mission to preserve our collection of priceless artifacts relating to Ava’s career and private life, and to share Ava’s story through exhibits.

For Classic Film Fans:

For film fans of all ages, a classic film on DVD is a perfect gift. We have a variety of films including Ava’s acclaimed performances in The Killers, Show Boat, Mogambo, and The Barefoot Contessa.

Books about Ava’s life and her Hollywood career make great gifts for the bookworms in your life.

And for budding Ava fans, an Ava Gardner Museum coloring book or stuffed corgi, Ava’s favorite dog, will ignite their love of classic films.

 

For Ava’s Biggest Fans

Outfit the biggest fans in your life with Ava gear they can wear proudly. Apparel, tote bags, koozies, and more showcase their love of Ava and classic films.

 

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A Taste of Home

Our gift shop sells locally-made jams and jellies, as well as classic candies, and Gardner Family recipes. Share a taste of Ava’s home state with these unique gifts.

 

Stocking Stuffers

For those who deserve more than a lump of coal, fill their stockings with Ava swag. Tumblers, notecards, magnets, coffee mugs, and more all make great stocking stuffers.

 

Ava Advocate Program – The Gift that Keeps Giving

For the biggest Ava film fans in your life, consider gifting membership in the Ava Advocate Program. Membership includes free admission to the museum for a year, a 15% discount in the gift shop, and the 2020 Ava Calendar, featuring portraits of Ava by Bert Pfeiffer.

Or consider honoring the film fan in your life by making a donation in their name to the Ava Gardner Museum.

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For more gift ideas, browse our online gift shop or stop by and shop at the museum!