Cheese Ball Recipes

By Diane Ruyack

Everyone is hungry waiting for the holiday meals this season!  Try serving these delicious cheese ball recipes with veggies and crackers. The first recipe uses lower fat ingredients while the second one is super easy.  Enjoy!

Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball

1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese or feta

1 tablespoon nonfat buttermilk

5 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened $

3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened

3 tablespoons minced pitted dates (2 to 3 dates)

1 tablespoon minced shallots

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

2  1/2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, toasted

Preparation

1. Place first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Add dates, shallots, lemon rind, salt, and pepper; beat at medium speed until well blended, scraping sides of bowl as necessary.

2. Spoon cheese mixture onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Form into a ball, using a rubber spatula. Wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap; chill overnight.

3. Combine parsley and walnuts in a shallow dish. Unwrap cheese ball; gently roll in nut mixture, coating well. Place on a serving plate. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Easy Smeasy Cheese Ball

This is an extremely easy cheese ball recipe that you will be asked for at every occasion! Also very versatile to different kinds of cheeses! Serve chilled with favorite chips or crackers.

1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

¼ cup chopped pecans

¼ Cup bacon bits

1 teaspoon chopped onion

¾ cup mayonnaise

Mix cheese, pecans, bacon bits, mayonnaise, and grated onion in a bowl. Shape into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

One Response

  1. Yummy! I’m definitely make one. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

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