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  • Festive Cheese Ball
  • Festive Cheese Ball
  • Festive Cheese Ball

Festive Cheese Ball

Food | December 17, 2019 | Nik Manojlovich
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This simple recipe for a favourite party snack delivers both flavour and looks. Let’s make a FESTIVE CHEESE BALL!

You’re gonna have a ball making this FESTIVE CHEESE BALL. Although it’s easy to do, there is one difficult moment: taking that first bite! You’ll see that it’s just so darn gorgeous, you won’t want to wreck it by digging in. But we’re begging you, do just that! How else will you appreciate the wondrous flavour of this creamy cheese ball?

We expect you’ll want to keep this recipe and make it again and again for years to come, so PIN it to a holiday party food board or bookmark the page for future reference. We also suggest sharing it with friends by forwarding the link or posting a pic of your own FESTIVE CHEESE BALL on your favourite socials.

Ready? Let’s play (FESTIVE CHEESE) BALL!

Festive Cheese Ball

MAKING A LIST

I’m guessing you’re like me; whenever I leave the house or cottage, especially during the busy holiday season, I first jot down all my recipe requirements on a shopping list. Looking at the ingredients for this cheese ball recipe, you’ll see that it doesn’t need much. I love making the shortlist!

You will need some parsley and walnuts, but I’m sure those are both readily available at your local supermarket. Since cheese ball recipes are often served over the holidays, it’s not a bad idea to have enough ingredients to do the recipe at least twice. Remember, some friends and family think it’s fun to pop by, unannounced!

Festive Cheese Ball

FROMAGE HOMAGE

The secret of how to make this cheese ball involves creaming butter together with two soft cheeses. The first is cream cheese, which often appears in recipes like this, and the second is a richly flavoured Gorgonzola. If you’ve not tried Gorgonzola cheese before, this is an excellent opportunity to do so.

Gorgonzola is an Italian blue cheese often used in pasta, pizza and salad recipes. I used it here because of its creaminess and slightly salty finish. You’ll notice no other salt is added to the recipe. The Gorgonzola does the trick.

Friendly, festive reminder: bring the butter and cheeses to room temperature before you begin the recipe for best results.

Festive Cheese Ball

SAVOUR FLAVOURS

The rest of the flavour for this recipe comes from the olives, capers and shallot. As I type this, I’m thinking this cheese ball might have ended up with a bit of an Italian theme to it. That said, practice Italian holiday greetings like “buon natale!” for when holiday revellers take a bite!

Festive Cheese Ball

IT’S A WRAP

Flashback! Years ago I posted this recipe for our PINECONE CHEESE BALL where I finished the creation by toasting and splitting like a hundred almonds. Oh, if you could have seen the look on Carol’s face… “Seriously? Who has time to form a pinecone out of almonds, Nik?” Well, I’m sorry, but that story remains if you have a ton of time on your hands – click HERE, lol!

This cheese ball recipe is the exact opposite. You’re going to love the way I lined a small bowl with wrap, stuck the freshly made cheese mixture into it and then wrapped it up. Once the mixture chills, it’s already in a rounded shape so we roll and serve – no almond pinecones in sight!

Festive Cheese Ball

HAVE A BALL

The end of this story is where we garnish the finished party snack with walnut halves, fresh mint and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. Remember to bring the cheese ball to room temperature before serving, then decorate right before it’s placed out for everyone to enjoy.

Lastly, serve your FESTIVE CHEESE BALL with assorted crackers and vegetable crudités, but we also think it extra delicious when enjoyed on sliced apples and pears. Wait until you try it.

Now, talk about trying things – how about some of our other party-friendly treats too? These easy, mini BEEF & CHEESE TARTS are wonderful and so is this CRAB DIP. If vegetarians are in your midst, try our RICE PAPER VEGGIE ROLLS.

Get your party started with this FESTIVE CHEESE BALL – everything about it is amazing!

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Ingredients & Amounts

  • For the cheese mixture:
  • ½ cup of sliced black olives
  • ½ cup of sliced green olives
  • 1 tablespoon of capers, chopped
  • ½ cup of chopped parsley
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 8 oz of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 oz of Gorgonzola cheese, room temperature
  • black pepper to taste
  • For the coating:
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts
  • For garnish:
  • walnut halves
  • mint
  • pomegranate seeds
  • To serve:
  • assorted crackers
  • vegetable crudités
  • sliced apples and pear

Instructions

  1. Create the cheese mixture:
  2. Bring cheese and butter to room temperature about an hour before starting the recipe.
  3. Using a food processor with a blade attachment, pulse the olives, capers, parsley, shallot and parsley. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. Place the cheeses and butter into the food processor (no need to wash between steps) and run on low to cream the ingredients together. Return the chopped mix to the canister and pulse to combine.
  5. Transfer cheese mixture to a wrap-lined bowl. Gather corners and twist to create ball shape. Transfer to fridge and chill for at least 1 hour.
  6. Create the cheese ball:
  7. Place walnuts into a large bowl. Remove cheese mixture from fridge and while still in wrap, form it into the shape of a ball. Remove the wrap carefully and place the ball into the bowl of walnuts. Roll it in the nuts to coat the outside. Transfer the cheese ball to a serving plate, platter or cheese board and decorate with mint, walnut halves and pomegranate seeds. Serve with crackers, vegetables, and slices of apple and pear.

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Nik is the creator, host and brains behind Weekend at the Cottage. He loves sharing his wisdom and experience about the things that interest him most.

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