Saturday, January 28, 2012

Say Cheese (balls)

Mix It
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1Tbsp. finely chopped onions
1Tbsp. chopped red bell peppers
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
Dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/2 cup thinly sliced ham chopped
Make It  - Beat cream cheese and Cheddar in small bowl with mixer until well blended.
Add all remaining ingredients except nuts and crackers; mix well. Refrigerate several hours.
Shape into ball; roll in nuts. Serve with RITZ Crackers.

Change It - Keep the base of 16 oz softened cream cheese w/ add 8 oz shredded cheese but change up the flavorings:

Tex-Mex flavor - use shredded seasoned taco cheese, added 1 tsp. chili powder, top with chopped peppers or scallions
Cajun flavor - use shredded mozzarella cheese, add old bay seasoning and finely chopped shrimp, top with crushed saltines
Italian flavor - use Italian salad dressing mix (dry) and mozzerella & shredded parmesen cheese, top with crushed breadsticks w/ sesame seeds or with olives
Fruity flavor - use a can or crushed drained pineapple, omit shredded cheese, add chopped peppers, onion flakes . top with in pecans.

Twist It - make individual (golf ball) size servings.  Serve by adding a lollipop stick in each...cute presentation and everyone gets a sample all their own.

Keep It - wrap your cheese ball tightly in saran wrap so that it holds its shape and no air gets to it. If you made mini's keep the flavors seperate when you wrap a tray of them (put sticks in just before serving).  You don't want flavors blending with their neighbors while they chill. Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours then serve.  Accompany with crackers, breads or veggies of your choice and say "CHEESE"!

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