Skip to main content

I'm no CHEESE BALL!

Or maybe I am!

Have you ever had a holiday that you just wanted to spend ALONE? Well, that was me New Year's Eve. Oh, Happy New Year!

I wasn't sad or depressed - as my mom suggested I must have been to not want to spend it with family. I'm usually in church, but sometimes I party. This year --or last year-- I was exhausted and just wanted to stay home. My mom's boo wanted otherwise. Apparently every year he has a little drop in so that he can see all of his loved ones. 

This year I just was not in the mood. For anything. But of course I got guilt tripped into coming out. So to my mom's house I went, with the bestie Miko in tow. It was also requested that I bring a dish. Specifically, a cheese ball. I'm no stranger to cheese balls and they are fairly easy to make so I complied. But instead of just doing the basic ham and pineapple like I usually do, I wanted to jazz it up a bit. This was a new year after all :).

So off to Pinterest I went in search of the perfect recipe. I didn't know how this was going to go, but my family are the best guinea pigs EVER! Most of them will eat almost anything and the rest will sample a bite at least. 

So I found this recipe...and you guys know I love all things BACON so this was right up my alley. Needless to say it was a hit! I added a half block extra of cream cheese though because the ball seemed small compared to the pineapple and ham (which I also made). But this bacon ball was the star of the show. The extra cream cheese is the only modification I made and it didn't affect the flavor at all. In addition to the extra cream cheese, I also substituted the Worcestershire for soy sauce because that's what was in my pantry.

Cheese balls are extremely quick and easy to throw together and are great appetizers. We served them with Ritz Crackers, but any cracker will do (other than saltines).

Don't judge the cracked paper plate! I didn't want to wash dishes!

Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball


Ingredients

6 slices bacon
1/4 cup chopped pecans
12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature (original recipe calls for 8 oz)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (I used low sodium soy sauce)
2 jalapeños (ribs and seeds removed), finely chopped and divided
crackers (for serving)

Instructions

Cook the bacon in a large skillet set over medium heat until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Allow to cool slightly, then crumble and divide in half. 
While the bacon is cooking, preheat oven to 350 F. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast for 5-7 minutes, or until fragrant. 
In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, parsley, garlic, cumin, cayenne, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, half of the minced jalapeños, and half of the crumbled bacon until well combined. Season the mixture to taste with salt. 
On a large plate, stir the toasted pecans, remaining minced jalapeños and remaining half of the crumbled bacon together until evenly distributed. Shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball (the mixture will be sticky, I found it easiest to shape if I just barely wet my hands first). Roll the ball in the pecan mixture until coated on all sides. 
Cover the ball and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.


Everybody loved this! But I think my family has a slight addiction to anything with cheese! I also made the pineapple and ham cheese ball. Again, don't judge me because I used a paper plate! The struggle is real and I don't really know where my party platters are! And I didn't have to worry about cleanup!


Pineapple Ham Cheese Ball

Ingredients

1-1/2 packages (12 oz) cream cheese
1 small can crushed pineapple (well drained)
powdered sugar (to taste- approximately 2-3 Tbsp.)
green onion (optional-to taste, approximately 2 Tbsp.)
chopped ham (optional-to taste, approximately 2-3 Tbsp. I used deli meat ham)
chopped pecans (about 1 cup worth)


Instructions

Combine all ingredients together.Mash into a ball and chill.Roll in crushed pecans.Refrigerate until served. Serve with crackers.

I told you they were easy! Have you ever made any cheese balls? If so, would you mind sharing your recipe? I'm always looking for something new to try!

XOXO
RoJo

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Dial Vitamin Boost Giveaway

Howdy folks! Dial sent me a bottle of their new Vitamin Boost Body Wash to test out. They even sent me a few coupons to give away to you guys! Don't they ROCK?! Yeah they do, and so does this new body wash! I got the product a few weeks ago, but as is with most things that come to my house, it just sat in the living room unopened. Not because I didn't want to open it...but I've been a little short on time. Even with several snow days it seems like I just don't have enough hours in a day. Does that mean I don't wash? NOOOO. It means that this body wash just made it upstairs with me this morning! LOL I'm always skeptical about "moisturizing" body washes. I have extremely sensitive, eczema prone skin. So I really have to be careful. Even some washes that claim to be triple moisturizing dry me out and leave me wishing I had one of those cat towers to rub up against. So I finally got to test the waters with this one. Here are what this product c

Dial Baby & Kids (Giveaway)

Let me start by saying that the toddler years are fun...and a true test of faith and patience LOL! I love my little tot with everything I have in me. But every day she tests my limits in way I didn't even know were possible. I mostly laugh. She is a very spirited little girl who LOVES to be outside. I mean she will cry to go outside and sometimes all she wants to do is climb in a chair and sit on the porch and watch the cars go by. On this particular day though...(Jesus be a fence) she wanted to chase lizards, pop bubbles, shred leaves, kick her ball in the sticker bushes and throw a flower pot off the deck to see how far she could get it to go. Maybe softball is in her future, who knows LOL. That said ball ended up bursting from being repeatedly kicked in the sticker bushes... After our world wind backyard excursion, we go inside to have a snack and settle down a bit. Luckily she likes to wash her hands. I mean, she almost had that lizard! She really enjoys Dial W

Baby Magic is Here! My Birth Story

Princesses get their way. And true to form, my little princess decided that she, and only she would be in control of when she arrived. Forget about me or the doctors trying to schedule ANYTHING! **This is a long post that goes into detail. Read at your own risk.** On Sunday, July 21st...no scratch that. On Saturday, July 20th, I was having cramps. They weren't too painful and were coming only about once every hour. Honestly, I thought I had gas. I had a good bit of visitors that day and told everybody that I felt like I was going to have the baby soon. I was already on bed rest and wasn't doing much. Thanks to some awesome friends, I had enough food that all I had to do was warm it and eat it. After all of the company left, I really just wanted to lie down. So I went to bed. I was awakened maybe 3 times during the night with these "cramps." The next morning I got out of bed about 10:30am (late for me) and took a shower, hoping that the heat would soothe me.