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.
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.
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.
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……..”