Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Party - Cheese Ball

Many of you might have seen this a few months back for football week, but I had to bring it back with a few new ideas I like to use. Last year I brought this to our work party and was asked again to bring it this year! It is a staple of parties, especially during the holidays, in our family. You can't beat a great
Cheese Ball!
But, I am going to change it up a bit below and give you some different options to try with this same recipe. You'll definitely want to try some of the different variations at your next party.

  • Different Cheeses - Sounds simple, but changes everything. Do white cheddar, parmesan, or your favorite cheese. There are 6 cheese blends at grocery stores you can use that taste great that are in a bag.Use smoked cheddar instead of regular and add bacon, real bacon pieces though!!!
  • Add pimientos, very simple, but also a wonderful juxtaposition in taste.
  • Add smoked Salmon, now you can use smoked cheddar as well. This one is great for a presentation spread. Add to your favorite cracker and serve on a tray versus in the ball form potluck style. Looks amazing and will impress your guests.
  • Or just change up seasoning. Use a Ranch packet, or your other favorite dressing. Sure to change it up a bit without any extra work!

    • 8 oz package of Cream Cheese Softened
    • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese Grated
    • 1/4 Cup Mayo
    • 1/4 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
    • 1/8 tsp Celery Salt
    • 1/8 tsp Onion Salt
    • 1/8 tsp Garlic Salt
    • 1 Cup Pecans, Almonds or your favorite - amount varies
    1. Mix all ingredients together except nuts
    2. On wax paper spread out finely chopped nuts
    3. Put cheese ball mixture on the nuts spread over wax paper and form into ball or log
    4. The nuts keep the cheese ball from sticking to wax paper
    5. Chill and we serve with Wheat Thins

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