Mini Cheese Balls

Are you tired of making the SAME old cheese ball? 
I have a SIMPLE solution for you to try!

The perfect portioned out appetizer!
 
 

A holiday party isn’t complete without a cheese ball! So instead of making one big one, why not mix it up with a variety of small mini cheese balls :)  These cuties were in my Food Network Magazine last month :)

Each one holds a new flavor and is already portioned out, perfect for plopping on individual plates. You can flavor these mini balls with your favorite coats. A couple of the coatings I did were

  • bacon
  • paprika,
  • chives, 
  • black sesame seeds and white sesame seeds. 

Some other options for you to play around with are tarragon, hulled pumpkin seeds, almonds or chopped pistachios :)

You can also mix up your cheese base. I did a cheddar cheese, but feel free to experiment with parmesan, pepper jack or gouda! The recipe called for 1/2 tsp of lemon zest. I felt like that was a little too much for my pallet. So maybe when you add the lemon, start with 1/4 tsp and add more until it has the taste you like. This is such a fun, colorful, unique cheese ball recipe. I hope you all enjoy these fun Mini Cheese Balls!

XO Corey
 
 
Makes about 20, 1 inch balls
Here is what you need:
- 8 oz softened cream cheese
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4-1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
- 1 cup shredded firm cheese (cheddar, parmesan, pepper jack or gouda)
- Salt & pepper
- Coating topping of your choice (chopped pistachios, chives, tarragon, hulled pumpkin seeds, bacon and paprika, almonds, sesame seeds, walnuts, etc..)  
 
1. Mix together cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce.
2. Add in lemon zest.
3. Mix in your shredded cheese of choice. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Mix well until you have a creamy texture. I used my stand mixer and it worked out great!
5. With moistened hands, form into 1 inch balls and chill for about 3-4 hours.
6. After balls have chilled, roll in toppings. May then be kept in refrigerator until guests arrive.
7. Have fun with a variety of toppings and cheese! Serve with crackers and pretzels :) 
Have a ball with these mini cheese balls!
XO, Corey
 
 
 
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XO
Corey, Darryl, Big D & Little D
 
Mini Cheese Balls
 
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • - 8oz softened cream cheese
  • - 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • - ¼-1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • - 1 cup shredded firm cheese (cheddar, parmesan, pepper jack or gouda)
  • - Salt & pepper
  • - Coating topping of your choice (chopped pistachios, chives, tarragon, hulled pumpkin seeds, bacon and paprika, almonds, sesame seeds, walnuts, etc..)
Instructions
  1. Mix together cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Add in lemon zest.
  3. Mix in your shredded cheese of choice. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Mix well until you have a creamy texture. I used my stand mixer and it worked out great!
  5. With moistened hands, form into 1 inch balls and chill for about 3-4 hours.
  6. After balls have chilled, roll in toppings. May then be kept in refrigerator until guests arrive.
  7. Have fun with a variety of toppings and cheese! Serve with crackers and pretzels :)

Comments

  1. These are seriously adorbs, Corey! I dog-eared this in FNMag too. Glad to hear it was a hit!

  2. I absolutely love this idea and am totally stealing it for our next Holiday party! This is just brilliant not to mention I want to pop every one in your pictures in my mouth!

  3. Thanks girls. They were soooooo easy to make. I am excited to try different cheese bases and coats. :)

  4. These cheese balls are so cute! Such a great idea!

  5. great idea!! gotta try them!

  6. Those look delicious!

  7. Thanks for the idea chef cory.Love it!!! I did substitute goat cheese for creme cheese and it worked perfect.

  8. Oh these look great! I am going to try to make them with Parmesan and garlic. Hope it comes out ok!

  9. What an adorable blog you have! These cheese balls look fun and delicious! Thanks for popping over to say hi at my blog. So nice to meet you! Blessings, Kelly

  10. Anonymous says:

    took these to a prty last night….HUGE hit. Thank you

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