Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 4th weekend: Cheese balls

If you know me at all, you know that I am a cheese fiend. I always have been, and I will forever be obsessed with cheeses. I feel that I am not alone in this though. Think about it. Every time you taste something that is so decadent and absolutely mouth-watering, and you ask, "what is in this?" the answer is often some sort of cheese. So what makes the perfect appetizer for large parties? Cheese balls. 

Ingredients: 
2 packs of low fat cream cheese
4 sprigs of green onion
6 slices of ham (deli ham works fine if you already have it in your refrigerator)
1 T of season salt
1/2 C crushed walnuts


Directions: 
-Place two packs of cream cheese in microwave for a minute to soften. Chop green onion and ham into fine pieces, then mix into cream cheese. Add season salt and mix. Form into a ball-ish shape and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. I always leave it in overnight. After chilling, roll in chopped walnuts. Serve with your favorite crackers!


Ingredients: 
2 packs of low fat cream cheese
16 oz. crushed pineapples
1 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 C sliced almonds


Directions: 
-Place two packs of cream cheese in microwave for a minute to soften. Mix drained pineapple and shredded sharpe cheddar cheese. Refrigerate overnight. After chilling, roll in sliced almonds. Serve with your favorite crackers!




Getting creative with cheese balls is half the fun, as my family and I found out 4th of July weekend when my dad's family came in town from Pennsylvania. After devouring the first two cheese balls, we brainstormed a new cheese ball. (and made another green onion, ham and walnut ball!)

Ingredients:
2 packs of cream cheese
1/2 C sliced banana peppers
1 T season salt
6 slices of bacon

Directions: 
-Fry bacon in oil on skillet. Dry and crumble into small pieces. Place two packs of cream cheese in microwave for a minute to soften. Mix in banana peppers and season salt. Refrigerate overnight. After chilling, roll in bacon crumbles. Serve with your favorite crackers! 

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