Yes, we said cheese balls. But wait! We’re not talking about those bright orange, cheesy processed cheese balls of the past. These simple recipes turn out elegant globes of cheese that redo retro with a modern spin. Read on for how to make three types of cheese balls using the same easy base recipe: Blue cheese and walnut with sliced pears, white cheddar and horseradish with sliced cucumbers, and feta with fig and honey.
These are perfect for entertaining because they are quick and can be made three days ahead and refrigerated, or they can keep for a month in the freezer. One base recipe will make three balls—you can make all three of the same variation or make one of each.
1/2 stick unsalted organic butter, softened
3 packages organic cream cheese (8 ounces each)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Hot sauce to taste
Salt to taste
Combine all ingredients with a mixer and divide into three balls.
Blue Cheese and Walnut with Sliced Pears
To one third of the base recipe, stir in 5 ounces blue cheese and form into a ball. Roll in 3/4 cup toasted walnuts before serving. Serve with sliced pears, or this is also delicious with beet or apple chips if you can get them.
White Cheddar and Horseradish with Sliced Cucumbers
To one third of the base recipe, stir in 8 ounces grated white cheddar cheese and 2 tablespoons horseradish. Roll in grated white cheddar cheese and chopped scallions before serving. Serve with sliced cucumber.
Feta, Fig and Honey
To one third of the base recipe, stir in 6 ounces feta cheese and 4 coursely chopped dried figs. Before serving, drizzle with honey and garnish with chopped fresh mint. Serve with sliced whole wheat baguette or crackers.