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Ava Gardner's Holiday Cheeseball

The legendary Ava Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 so in honor of her birthday, we doing a special Christmas Eve episode to celebrate!

The Recipe

Ava wrote down this recipe on the back of a piece of paper. The other side had a printed painting of her image. This is courtesy of the Ava Gardner Museum.


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 or 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.

Special Guest

Lora Stocker is a professional designer, illustrator, and artist and does graphic design work for the Turner Classic Movies social media team. She is a North Carolina native and is on the board of the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, North Carolina.

The Final Product

This recipe was easy to make and should be a tasty, festive addition to any holiday party in the future.

Lora and I had a great time making this and chatting about all things Ava! The Ava Gardner Museum has several of her recipes on their website and you can bet we will be doing more episodes in the future.

Please check out the Ava Gardner Museum's virtual exhibit on "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman". This virtual exhibit is only $5.00 and you can see artifacts from the film, items from Ava's personal collection and much more. This past year Cohen Media issued a stunning 4k restoration of the film and it is now available on DVD Blu-Ray. Buy your copy at the Ava Gardner Museum online gift shop.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Look for more food and fun from Hollywood Kitchen coming your way in 2021!


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