Cheddar Cheese Ball with Pecans 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1/8 tsp black pepper 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper 1/2 cup chopped pecans Combine first cheese, pecans, mayonnaise, chopped onion, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a large mixing bowl. Beat at low speed of an electric mixer until well blended. Shape mixture into a ball and roll in 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Chill for about 2 hours. Serve with assorted crackers. Makes one cheese ball, about 5 inches in diameter.