Mini cheese balls

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And just when we thought that there won’t be any hockey this year, came the much awaited announcement from NHL that finally the truce has been called and we will soon have the puck rolling on the ice. So, get geared up for the action, the adventure, the fights and Don Cherry’s signature blazers. I am all set too…. with my for-the-game recipes. Instead of getting hooked to the junk food or buying the usual game food I decided to “think different” and make quick, easy, healthy and yummy crowd-pleaser that also goes along with the drinks.

cheese ball recipe

So here we go with the Cheese balls. In this simple yet fun recipe the base is cream cheese mixed with any semi-soft cheese like cheddar, mozzarella or monterey jack to build the right density. It is important to add a semi-soft cheese to retain the integrity of the cheese balls while eating.

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Next step is to spice it up with your favourite flavor. There is lots of room to be creative by adding various spices, herbs or chutneys available in your kitchen. I created slightly sweet and a spicy cheese by mixing jalapeño and honey and rolled the mixture in to 15-20 small balls. You can make variedly flavored cheese balls to keep everyone’s taste buds happy without much extra effort.

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Even though it is optional, the most fun part of the recipe is the final dress up. The cheese balls are coated by rolling in peprika or any other dry coating. The idea is to keep the outer layer non-sticky so that it is convenient to pick them while eating. You can add food grade colors to the cheese balls to create the colors for the team you are supporting. I chose paprika for the coating because of its natural and bright RED color. So, now you know who I cheer for!  :)

We are all set, so “Let the games begin……..”

Mini cheese balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cream cheese
  • 1 cup Cheddar (grated)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Roasted garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Pickled jalapeño (finely chopped,)
  • 1.2 cups Paprika

Optional

  • Clove
  • Cilantro leaves

Directions

1. Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, honey, garlic and jalapeño.
2. Divide the mixture and roll it out in 15-20 small balls.
3. Roll the cheese bolls on paprika.
4. Place a cilantro leaf on each ball and secure it with an inverted clove to make it look like stem of an apple fruit. This step is optional. The clove is not supposed to be eaten and the cheese balls taste as good without it.
5. Serve with crackers.

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8 Responses to Mini cheese balls

  1. These are too cute! Did you use cloves for the stems?

  2. Very tempting and creative. Great idea.

  3. Sara says:

    Wow those look super cute! what a great idea! Also I love that you’re a biochemist PhD student blogger! Me too!

    • charul says:

      Thanks Sara. I am glad you liked it and nice to see another biochemistry PhD in the blogosphere. Life in a lab coat…..its different eh!!