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TEXARKANA, Ark. –
Could the modest cheese ball be the perfect party food? What’s not to love about cheese
ball? It can be savory or sweet. It can be shaped like a ball, football, Christmas
tree or whatever you want it to be. Its shape is limited only by your creativity.
I’m going to date myself, but in the late eighties while in college, one thing you
could always depend upon at a Christmas party was at least one cheese ball. It was
usually round and covered in finely chopped pecans. If you wanted to be the cool host
or guest, you brought a cheese ball. It was a must party-favorite food to bring. There
is something about a creamy scoop-able cheese that brings people together. Blue Cheese,
Green Chili, Dried Fruit, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cheesecake, all these are types of
cheese balls you can make. Savory or sweet, they can’t be beat.
Why is it that we don’t see much of cheeseballs anymore? You can easily tailor them
to your tastebuds! Plus, they are great to make ahead. In fact, you can make the base
of the cheese ball 2 days ahead of serving. Just add the crust the day you are serving
it. Doing so any earlier will make your toppings soggy.
Cheese balls are great if you are on a budget. You can make it last longer by stretching
it. For example, if you’re having a party on Monday, you can also entertain on Tuesday
or Wednesday by just saving the ball and reshaping it. Assuming that it has been kept
under refrigeration and other food safety measures have been followed.
I love pecans on a cheese ball. But there are so many other options, walnuts, almonds
all add a nice texture. If you are using nuts, they need to be chopped up small.
Make sure you give yourself enough time to let the finished cheese ball rest in the
refrigerator. An hour minimum is needed to allow the cheese ball to firm up and let
the flavors come together.
Cheese balls hold their shape well, making them perfect to take to potlucks! Imagine
what cheese ball you will bring to your next potluck.
Dig in! Serve your cheese ball with an assortment of crackers and even fresh veggies…carrot
and celery sticks are delicious, while graham crackers, or chocolate wafers make the
sweet cheese ball a treat.
Your guests will love this sweet, Mini Toffee Bit/Chocolate Chip Cheeseball. Making
it with low fat cream cheese will result in a less firm cheese ball, so use only whole
cream cheese and real butter. Think of it as supporting our dairy farmers!
In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in confectioners'
sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips or toffee bits. Cover, and
chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Shape chilled cream cheese mixture into a ball.
Wrap with plastic, and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Roll the cheese ball
in finely chopped pecans before serving. Serve with graham crackers or chocolate wafers.
For more information, contact the Miller County Extension Office, 870-779-3609. We're
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By Carla Due County Extension Agent - FCSThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Carla Due County Extension Agent - FCSU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854 (870) 779-3609 firstname.lastname@example.org
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