Saturday, 16 October 2010

Easy Peasy Ball'o' Cheesy Cheeseball

Hope the title wasn't too cheesy! ;)

I'm a little slow on the posting of my Thanksgiving Day recipes. This week has been crazy and I think I was still in a turkey and pumpkin pie induced stupor. This year I managed finagel bringing appetizers and desserts to the two festivities that we attended and hosted. Apps and dessert are my favourite things to bring to a function so I was in my glory!

This cheeseball is a new recipe that I tried out but I also brought my homemade tried-and-true Sundried Tomato Basil Pesto and put it over creamy goat cheese. It ... was ... divine!! I had to remind myself to share with everyone else. Definitely give that combo a try.

For our Thanksgiving celebrations with my side of the family I made this recipe and brought a couple of humongous cheeseballs. I have never made them before even though I do enjoy a nice ball'o'cheese once in awhile. They went over really well (especially with Brad who loved them).

I only made two cheeseballs but next time I think I'll portion it to make four instead since they were a little on the large side. Nicely seasoned, these were really easy to make. If you have a stand mixer use it. Makes life much easier. Another tip is to use the sharpest, tangiest cheddar you can find to give your cheeseball the zing it requires.

2 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
1/2 tbsp hot pepper sauce
1 cup pecans, finely chopped (optional)

Place finely chopped pecans (if using) in a shallow dish and set aside.

In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment), mix the cream cheese until smooth. Add the cheddar cheese and mix until just combined. Add all of the seasonings and sauces to the cheese mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.

With lightly greased hands, portion the cheese mixture into 2-4 balls (depending on how large you want your cheeseballs). Roll each portion into a ball.

If you're coating in pecans: Hold a cheeseball in one hand over the dish of pecans. With the other hand press the pecans into the cheeseball, rotating it as you go. The excess pecans will fall back into the dish to be used on the next cheeseball.

Cover each cheeseball with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Freeze extras by putting each plastic wrapped cheeseball into a freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible and freeze until needed.

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Lori said...

Hi Laurie, I found your site through All Things Thrifty, where you posted a recipe. As a pnut & tree nut allergy suffered, I am appreciative as I read your note about your recipes! I just wanted to say that I have made something similar to this recipe before, and what I did instead of the nuts was crush Cheez-its and cover the Cheeseball in that, instead. It gave it a BRIGHT festive color, lol. I'm off to peruse your other posts/recipes. Have a great day! ~Lori

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Hi Lori,
I'm so glad you found my blog! I posted a link on All Things Thrifty just on a whim. I've been thinking of getting crafty and perhaps trying a DIY project. Soooo many great blogs full of ideas out there!

I'm glad that my nut-free recipes can be of use to you. Thanks for the idea of using Cheez-Its instead of nuts around the cheeseball. Question for you: Do you roll the balls in the Cheez-Its just before serving or when you make the cheeseballs? I wondered if the cracker crumbs would get soft. I'll definitely give it a try. Thanks!

Lori said...

Laurie, I rolled them just before serving. I think they would get soft, but we did have some left over and I don't remember it being a problem. Yummy either way :) I'm like you, getting crafty after not making time for big project for years. I think I've gotten brave! Best wishes w/ your projects. ~Lori

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Thanks for the tip, Lori. I'll definitely give it a try. In recipes, you can never have enough cheese, bacon, chocolate .... so many vices! I may try to make a couple of small cheese balls for New Years. :)

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