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.
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.