Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chipotle Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

I’m a huge fan of cheese balls.  They are not fussy or complicated. You can whip one up in a handful of minutes. They are an appetizer that can be made ahead of time. And they are always crowd pleasers. Always.

This cheese ball is no different. I’m super excited to bring it to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner because I know they will love it. It’s actually difficult leaving it alone in the refrigerator—self control, Amy.

I shared two other cheese ball recipes a couple years ago and they are great basic recipes, but I decided to kick it up a notch with chipotles. If you are not familiar with chipotles, they can be found in a small can in the Latin foods aisle. Chipotles are smoked jalapeno peppers, often packed in adobo sauce. Yum.

Chipotle Bacon Cheese Ball -- perfect appetizer for the holidays

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/8 cup onion, minced finely or grated
  • 2-3 chipotle peppers, chopped*
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Mix all ingredients together, except bacon. Form the mixture into a ball with your hands and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour. To serve, unwrap from the plastic and roll the ball in the bacon pieces.

Makes one 6” ball.

*Chipotle peppers add a delicious smoky flavor, but have a bit of kick. I use three peppers, but I advise you to start with two and then taste the mixture to determine if you want to add more. If you’re adventurous, you can add more than three too!

chipotle bacon cheddar cheese ball -- perfect appetizer for the holidays

Happy Thanksgiving!

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