As the holidays approach learn How to Make a Cheese Ball and impress your guests. This simple cheese ball mixes cream cheese, white cheddar and blue cheese with green onions and chopped walnuts. Your guests will love this as a snack or appetizer!
HOW TO MAKE A CHEESE BALL
Appetizers are my favorite course at the holidays. When Thanksgiving and Christmas rolls around I am always thinking about what appetizers I can make for my guests.
Today I am sharing How to Make a Cheese Ball, one of my favorite things to serve as a starter. It is not only easy but a great spread for bread, crostini and pita chips or served alongside veggies.
I might be biased but I think this is the best cheese ball recipe around. I love how easy and low maintenance it is to make but yet still impressive on your holiday table.
You can get creates and add in things like dried fruit or extra fresh herbs. I just adore anything cheese so this is right up my alley!
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS CLASSIC CHEESE BALL RECIPE?
CHEESE: This recipe uses three kinds of cheese: cream cheese, shredded white cheddar cheese and blue cheese.
You will want to bring the cream cheese to room temperature so it easily forms into a ball with the other cheese.
WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE: The worcestershire sauce adds a nice flavor to the cheese ball. You could skip it if you want but I suggest using it.
GREEN ONIONS: The green onions are another ingredients that adds slight flavor to the cheese fall along with texture.
You could also use freshly chopped parsley in place of the green onions.
WALNUTS: Nuts are always the outer layer of a classic cheese ball. This recipe uses finely chopped walnuts which I think is a nice addition.
HOW DO YOU MAKE A CHEESE BALL?
Here are the simple steps:
Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and scallion in a medium bowl.
Form the mixture into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, place it in a small bowl (to help it hold its shape), and refrigerate until fully chilled, about 2 hours or up to 3 days.
Before serving, roll the cheese ball in the walnuts.
WHAT VARIATIONS CAN I MAKE IN THIS EASY CHEESE BALL RECIPE?
CHEESE: When it comes to cream cheese you can use regular or low-fat cream cheese.
For shredded cheese I love sharp cheddar cheese but you can use any shredded cheese you like. If you don’t like blue cheese you can skip that and substitute in more of the shredded cheese.
SEASONINGS: If you want to spice up your cheese ball you can add some spices to your mixture. I especially like Italian seasoning, dried parsley and oregano.
SAUCE: If you like spice try adding hot sauce to your cheese ball. A small amount will go a long way!
NUTS: This recipe uses chopped walnuts but you can also use pecans or almonds.
DRIED FRUIT: Dried fruit is another fun addition to a cheese ball. I especially like adding a small amount of dried cranberries or apricots.
HOW LONG DOES THIS LAST?
This should be refrigerated and will last for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
CAN YOU FREEZE A CHEESE BALL?
You can freeze this by wrapping it in plastic wrap without the nuts. Place it in a freezer safe ziplock bag and freeze for up to 1 month.
Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then when the cheese ball is thawed you can roll it in the nuts and serve!
WHAT GOES WITH A CHEESE BALL?
- Fruit is a great pairing for a cheeseball. I like setting out apple and pear slices for dipping and grapes to nibble on.
- Bread, pita and crostini is a nice match for a cheese ball. Set out a small knife to spread the cheese on top of the bread.
- Pretzels, crackers and pita chips are another great option when you serve a cheese ball
- Vegetables are a nice addition. I especially like celery and carrots.
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 ounces white cheddar, shredded (about 1/2 cup lightly packed)
- 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 scallion, green and white parts, thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons walnuts, finely chopped
- Celery, bread or crackers for serving
- Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and scallion in a medium bowl.
- Form the mixture into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, place it in a small bowl (to help it hold its shape), and refrigerate until fully chilled, about 2 hours or up to 3 days.
- Before serving, roll the cheese ball in the walnuts.