Cheese Ball, Three Ways

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Some people say that when they order food in restaurants their eyes are bigger than their stomachs.

I have this tendency not in ordering when I’m out to eat but when I’m grocery shopping for a meal or party.

If I’m feeding three people, I typically make enough for six.

If I’m feeding ten, I make enough to feed a small army — or at least a full flight from New York to Chicago (not that I’ve ever done that but don’t think I haven’t considered it faced with an upcoming trip and a surplus of baked goods).

I made cheese balls for a pre-holiday gathering but they would also be a perfect addition to a New Years Eve finger food spread.

That is, if you like cheese.

You really like cheese.

Cheese Balls
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Recipe type: Small Plates and Snacks, Cooking for a Crowd
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Serves: 3 large cheese balls
 
Ingredients

  • Base Recipe
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each), softened
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 dashes hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • ½ tsp. coarse salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper

  • Cheddar and Cranberry
  • 8 ounces sharp orange Cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 2 tbsp. store-bought chutney
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries, finely chopped

  • Roquefort and Walnut
  • 6 ounces Roquefort cheese
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tsp. brandy (optional)
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped

  • Goat Cheese and Scallions
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped scallions
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Make the base: put the butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until combined. Divide equally among 3 medium bowls.
  2. Stir the Cheddar and chutney with the base mixture in the first bowl. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Roll the cheese ball in the cranberries to coat before serving.
  3. Stir the Roquefort and shallot with the base mixture in the second bowl; add brandy, if desired. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Roll in the walnuts to coat before serving.
  4. Stir the goat cheese and scallions with the base in the remaining bowl. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Roll in the parsley before serving.
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly
    January 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Those look great, but what’s the point of the butter?

  • Reply
    Kerstin
    December 29, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I’m always ready for cheese πŸ™‚ These look so perfect for a holiday party – yum!

  • Reply
    megan
    December 29, 2009 at 10:57 am

    My cheeseball is very similar as the base recipe just minus the butter and add chedder. Love these different variations. I have to try them all! Looks like I might have baby balls for new years! hehe

  • Reply
    Susan
    December 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I do the same thing, and then I eat twice as much as I should.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply
    kat
    December 28, 2009 at 10:45 am

    The colors together make for a festive setting

  • Reply
    Daryl Callahan
    December 28, 2009 at 7:13 am

    these are magnificent and you are amazing!!!

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    December 28, 2009 at 4:39 am

    It sounds so delicious! Thanks a lot for sharing such nice recipe here as I was in search of this recipe since from many days. Finally I got it from here. I will make it at new year’s party. Hope it will be liked.

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    so Spiffy Girl Japan April Marie
    December 28, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Don’t think I’ve ever had a cheese ball before but it does sound delightfully delish.

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    Stephanie
    December 27, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    You know, I never knew about cheese balls until a British roommate prepared them for our holiday party. They’re delicious and pretty addictive, aren’t they?

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    Dana
    December 27, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I know, they are gigantic, aren’t they? How did you like them?

  • Reply
    Joy
    December 27, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Happy New Year, Maris! I’m a big fan of cheese balls, but never made them! Someone told me they’d give me their recipe 5 Christmases ago, but never did. :p

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    Megan
    December 27, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    These cheese balls look great! And of course I come across them when I’m sitting here with pen and notebook in hand trying to plan my New Year’s Eve menu. Thanks for the idea! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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