Dear Prosciutto,

I know you were looking forward to becoming that lovely fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and prosciutto roll last summer, but I am sorry to say that I never got to it. But you didn't let discouragement get you down as you next looked to becoming a delicious prosciutto, pear and blue cheese sandwich. That never happened did it. Your disappointment and sadness has taken its toll, not to mention your age. You have substituted nicely in this recipe for the dried beef. Just be thankful you make into a cheese ball and not that unmentionable place.

Yours truly,

Cheese Ball

16 oz. cream cheese, softened
6 oz dried beef
6 green onions
1/4 t. garlic salt
1 1/2 T Worcestershire sauce
Chopped nuts or parsley

Place dried beef and green onion in food processor. Process until minced. Add cream cheese, garlic salt and Worcestershire sauce and blend well. Scoop out and form into a ball. Chill. Roll ball in chopped walnuts or parsley. (I like to roll the cheese ball in nuts before chilling.) Pecans would work as well. Soften slightly before serving. Serve with your favorite cracker.

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