PARTY, PARTY, PARTY. They abound this time of year and you know what goes with it; “Bring Your Own Booze and an Appetizer To Share”. Everyone loves cheese and crackers and cheese balls are so easy to make and festive.
Mix together 8 oz softened cream cheese, 1 cup grated cheese (any type you like and ANY Mexican cheese will work – use goat cheese for the sweeter ones), and 2 TBSP softened butter either by hand or with an electric mixer or in a food processor.
Add 1/4 cup of one finely chopped ingredient from the first column and 2 TBSP from the second column, mix well and roll into a ball with wet hands, wax paper, or plastic wrap.
Place ball in refrigerator for 2 hours to firm.
Then go across to the third column and roll the refrigerated ball in 1/2 cup of the topping (finely chopped) adjacent to the ingredient you added to your cheese mixture.
|Garlic||Dry ranch dressing||Cilantro|
|Any dried fruit||Shredded coconut||Almonds|
|Lemon or Orange Peel||Oregano||Pecans|
|Brown Mustard||Thyme||Green onions|
|Chocolate chips||Cinnamon||Graham crackers|
|Frozen Spinach||Lemon peel||Walnuts|
Place on a pretty platter and serve with crackers, cookies or slices of fruit.
by Shelly Johnson