This is fast becoming my favorite thing to make for just about any occasion. And from people's reaction to it, I think it's safe to say it's a crowd favorite.
My husband requested I make this for New Year's Eve, so I'm jumping at the chance to share it with you all this time. If you still need a last minute appetizer or snack for tomorrow's festivities, I highly recommend you consider making this. It'll only take about 10 minutes of your time.
Today I'm making two different cheese balls: the original and my own adaptation.
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The original, crowd-pleasing, cheese ball
You will need:
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 pinch cayenne
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup toasted, chopped pecans
First, dump in all the cheeses into a bowl.
Then add the chopped onion. You might be hesitant about putting raw onion into the cheese ball. Don't be. You're not adding much, just be sure that it's chopped nice and small, so no one gets a big chunk of onion in one bite.
Now add in all the rest of the ingredient except the pecans.
Mix it all up.
Get out some plastic wrap and lay a square of it on the counter. Scrape all that cheesy goodness out of the bowl and plop it in the middle of the plastic. You may be tempted to get a little taste test.
Go ahead. Just know that if you let this chill for a while, it becomes ten times better.
Wrap it up and smoosh it into a ball. Stick it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. I like to make it the night before.
Just before serving, roll it in the pecans. This step is optional, however. At Christmas I forgot the pecans and no one complained. You could serve it up on an elegant cheese board and no one will know how effortless this really is.
And for my adaptation . . .
I used the same cheese ball recipe, except I subbed in chopped green onion for the white onion.
and instead of rolling it in pecans, I rolled in . . .
. . . bacon!
After tasting both recipes, my favorite is the one with the bacon. Hands down.