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Cheese Balls Three Ways

Cheese Balls Three Ways

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.

Base Recipe
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.

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1:53PM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Oh man I love cheese ~ thank you for these great ideas! Can't wait to try them!

5:29PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

thanks!

7:05AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Thanks =)

5:01AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

4:46AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

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5:49PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Thank you!

1:06AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Sound delicious...! but we should try something not so dairy...like tofu!?
One half-cup serving of raw firm tofu contains 94 calories. By comparison,of cheese 320 calories and For each 100 calorie serving, tofu contains 11 grams of protein. By comparison, 100 calorie serving of cheese contains 6.2 grams... let's give it a try...!

1:48PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

thnx for this - now to decide which to make

3:36PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

I like cheese. I absolutely detest party cheese balls of any kind. I don't know why, but I find them simply disgusting.

8:47PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Love cheese and all the tasty flavours. Often add freshly chopped herbs into mine.

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