Cheese balls perfect for parties, gifting

features@beaufortgazette.comDecember 7, 2011 

  • Party Cheese Ball

    Makes: 3 balls

    2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

    1 (8 ounce) package sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

    1 tablespoon chopped pimiento

    1 tablespoon chopped green pepper

    1 tablespoon finely chopped onion

    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

    1 teaspoon lemon juice

    Dash of red pepper

    Dash of salt

    Finely chopped walnuts

    Chopped fresh parsley

    Paprika

    Combine cream cheese and cheddar cheese, blending well. Stir in the next 7 ingredients. Shape into 3 balls. Roll 1 in chopped walnuts, 1 in chopped parsley, and 1 in paprika. Chill. Serve at room temperature.

    Orange Cheese Ball

    2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese

    1/2 stick butter

    1 cup confectioners' sugar

    1 orange rind, grated

    1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice

    1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

    3/4 cup chopped pecans

    Grate rind of orange. Reserve 1 1/2 teaspoons of the rind for the cheese ball mix, saving the remainder for rolling the ball. Mix cream cheese, butter, sugar, rind, juice and vanilla; shape into ball and chill until firm enough to handle and roll. Roll ball in remaining orange rind and chopped pecans. Serve with ginger snaps, other crackers or cookies.

    Ginger Cream Cheese Ball

    1 (8 ounce) box pitted dates

    6 to 8 candied ginger bits

    1/2 cup pecans or walnuts

    2 (8 ounce) packages softened cream cheese

    Flaked coconut

    Chop dates, ginger and nuts in food processor. Add cheese and blend. Chill two hours and shape into a large ball or two smaller ones. Cover with flaked coconut. Serve with gingersnaps.

The holiday calendar can get full as you plan for drop-ins and parties. The very mention of the word "Christmas" makes many people head for the kitchen -- to mix, fix, knead and sometimes even nibble a variety of tasty goodies to give as presents.

Now is a good time to try a variety of cheese balls and decide on your favorite. Think of the foods you like, and wrap them up in a cheese ball. The working friend who loves to entertain would appreciate this gift from your kitchen.

Port Royal resident Ervena Faulkner is a retired educator who has always had an interest in food and nutrition. Email her at features@beaufortgazette.com.

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