Thursday, May 8, 2008

Cheese Ball Recipe

I love cheese ball! Its actually one of the foods we have as part of our traditional Christmas Eve foods. (LOTS of cheese ball consumed on that day!) I had a craving for some good ole' cheese ball this week and decided to make up this one for my lady's sew day this week.

I'm all for artsy pictures, but lets face it- we cannot all take artsy pictures all the time. So instead, you get a real picture. This is really how it went down. Cheese ball still elegantly wrapped in Saran and crackers still in the baggy. Please also note the high class china I'm using, its made by Solo. Yes- keepin' it real.

Let me share the recipe with you:

1 8oz brick of 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese (room temp, totally soft)
1 cup finely shredded cheese, I used Mexican blend but you can use any
1 green onion, chopped
4 slices of thin sliced smoked deli ham, chopped
1 tsp Worcestershire
1 tsp Tabasco
2 shakes of garlic powder
2 shakes of seasoned pepper (black pepper is fine)
Chopped nuts, for the outside, if you like.

The trick to making the cheese ball is to put the shredded cheese in a microwave safe bowl and heat it for 15 seconds, just to soften it slightly. Then add in the room temp cream cheese. Now mix in all the other items. Stir and mash it around 'til it is a nice homogeneous mixture. Tear off a big piece of Saran wrap, at least a good sized square. Gently dump out the cheese ball onto the Saran wrap. Use it to shape your lump into a ball or a cheese log. Open the Saran wrap back up. If you're using chopped nuts around the outside, sprinkle them on either side of the cheese and use the Saran wrap to press the nuts into the soft cheese. Once you get it pretty well covered in nuts, wrap it up and keep it in your fridge.

Its absolutely delicious and you can very easily change up the mix-ins, ham and onion, or leave them out all together. I hope you love it! ~jen~

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