Classic Cheese Ball
It’s a tradition in my family to whip up a cheese ball for the holidays. This one is so easy to make and is perfect for snacking on in between big meals or for party spreads. It only takes a few minutes to make and you only need a few simple ingredients.
One of my favorite ways to make this recipe is to toss the cold cream cheese in the bowl of my stand mixer. I like to beat it for a minute or two until it becomes nice and creamy/smooth and then I toss in the spices and seasonings, followed by the shredded cheese.
Since the cream cheese is nice and cold already, it makes rolling the mixture into a ball a whole lot easier! If you find that the mixture is overly sticky, you can always spray a light coating of Pam onto your hands to avoid a huge mess. Once the ball is formed all you need to do is roll it into some finely chopped nuts. We’ve always done walnuts so that’s usually what I use, but you could do chopped pecans or slivered almonds too (toasting them is optional). The ball can be served immediately or refrigerated until you’re ready to serve it. Sometimes I like to get a little crazy and add some slices of green onion on top, but that’s mainly just a garnish.
I hope you’ll give this easy and delicious recipe a try, I think you’re going to love it! Happy New Year!
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- ½ tsp. garlic powder, heaping
- ½ tsp. onion powder, heaping
- ½ tsp. Lowry's seasoning salt
- ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- ½ tsp. hot sauce (buffalo or other)
- 1 c. finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ c. nuts (walnuts, pecans or almonds), finely chopped
- In a medium size mixing bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), mix the cream cheese and seasonings until smooth. Sprinkle in the cheddar cheese and mix until just combined.
- Roll the mixture into a round ball (you can lightly coat your hands with cooking spray if that makes it easier, but because the ball is cold it shouldn't be too much of an issue).
- Place the chopped nuts into a standard size bowl and roll to cover the ball entirely. You may need to pat some of the nuts into the areas that aren't covered. Cover the cheese ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
-Feel free to add freshly minced dill to the cheese ball, chopped bacon or even nuts inside!
Recipe source: Life Made Simple