Sweet And Savory Cheese Ball Recipes
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • Savory Southwestern Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup shredded, sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 fresh diced jalapenos (stess and seeds removed)
  • 6 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped roasted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped yellow or orange bell pepper
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball:
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1½ tsp mint extract
  • green food coloring
  • 2 cups mini chocolate chips, divided (1/2 for inside and ½ for the outside)
Instructions
  1. Savory Southwestern Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball:
  2. Combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cilantro, garlic, cumin, cayenne, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, half of the diced jalapenos and half of the crumbled cooked bacon.
  3. Place the roasted pecans, the remaining diced jalapenos and bacon along with the diced bell pepper on a plate. Stir together until well mixed. Line a small bowl with plastic wrap. Add cheese mixture and bring edges of plastic wrap together, forming a ball.
  4. Refrigerate 30 minutes and then remove from fridge and form into a ball. Remove plastic wrap and roll the cheese ball to coat with the bacon- jalapeno mixture.
  5. Refrigerate for at least an hour. About 10 minutes before serving, removed from fridge. Chill covered for at least an hour before serving. Serve with crackers.
  6. Mint Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball:
  7. Cream cream cheese and butter together. Gradually beat in powdered sugar and then beat in extract and food coloring until desired color is reached. Stir in one cup of mini chocolate chips.
  8. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  9. Sprinkle ½ cup of mini chocolate chips on top of a piece of plastic wrap. Scoop out cream cheese mixture and place on top of chocolate chips. Sprinkle top of cream cheese with more chocolate chips.
  10. Wrap cheese ball with plastic wrap and place in a clean bowl. Press into bowl to form the cheese ball. Invert onto a serving board or cake stand. Sprinkle with more chocolate chips if needed.
  11. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Recipe by Makobi Scribe at https://makobiscribe.com/cheese-ball-recipes/