Jimmy Carter’s “Plains Special” Cheese Ring


Jimmy Carter served as the 39th president of the United States. He was also a state senator as well as the governor of the state of Georgia. He was born and still lives in Plains, Georgia hence the name “Plains special”. Carter is also a prolific author and a philanthropist who is a frequent volunteer with Habitats for Humanity. Some interesting and random facts about Jimmy Carter are that he is the first president born in a hospital as well as the oldest and longest-living president. In 1969, Jimmy Carter filed a report about an unidentified flying object sighting. The things you can learn on Wikipedia! Honestly, it is hard to condense someone’s life achievements down to one paragraph let alone a former president. So if you want to read more about Jimmy Carter, I will leave a link to his Wikipedia page here.


This is his recipe for a cheese ring. It comes together super quickly and easily with basic ingredients. This recipe had to be a favorite because it shows up in many celebrity cookbooks. With the holiday season officially here, this would be a nice addition to any celebration. Though the recipe calls for it to be shaped in a ring, it could easily be shaped into a ball or a log. A serving suggestion is to serve some strawberry preserves with the cheese ring. It is quite delicious on its own but I do say give the preserves a try. It honestly is one of my favorites of the celebrity recipes I have posted on my blog.



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Jimmy Carter's Plains Special Cheese Ring

  • Servings: 20
  • Difficulty: easy
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An easy cheese ring appetizer from the 39th president Jimmy Carter


  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small onion, finely grated or two tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • Crackers
  • Optional: strawberry preserves as well as extra chives and chopped nuts for garnish.


  1. In a bowl, mix together the cheese, nuts, mayo, onion, black pepper and cayenne.
  2. Either place in a lightly greased six cup ring mold or free form a ring shape on a plate or platter. Cover and refrigerate for a several hours or over night.
  3. If using the ring mold, un mold by letting it first sit at room temperature for a few minutes and then scoring around the edges well. Invert on the plate or platter and un mold.
  4. Place a bowl of the strawberry preserves (if using) in the middle of the ring and arrange the crackers around the ring. Garnish with extra chives and chopped nuts if desired.

NOTES: This spread can also be shaped into a ball or a log and rolled in chopped parsley or just placed in a bowl. Also the cayenne pepper can be swapped out for paprika.


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