Ok, sooooo…I’m gonna be 100% real with y’all.
I don’t think anyone has ever eaten a cucumber with a cheese ball. At least, no one did with this one.
This being a healthy living blog and all, I guess I felt like I needed a veggie prop with this appetizer. Under normal circumstances, I always serve veggies with dips. So this made sense at first.
Then, when I set this out for Christmas Eve, and realized 1) most of my family doesn’t cucumbers 2) they don’t even hold up real well with a cheese ball and 3) we eat cheese and crackers for a reason. It just tastes really darn good!
I’ve made cucumber cheese sandwiches before, and some kind of appetizer thingy with cream cheese, but it just wasn’t workin’ with this one. Sometimes we need to admit defeat and celebrate with carbs….yea?
This white cheddar cheese ball was inspired by a couple of things. I first got the idea from Ricotta and Radishes, after Jennifer posted a cute Gingerbread Man Cheese Ball, and I found out how easy it was to make one. I love cheese balls! Cheese and ball shaped food, two of my favorite things.
My second inspiration came from a pretzel dip my dad always used to make. It was mashing up a block of cream cheese with grated white onion and a little bit of milk. Super simple, super delicious.
After choosing my cheesy flavor, I created the white cheddar cheese ball!
We ended up forgetting to grab a variety of crackers at the store on Christmas Eve, so I pulled out a recent Costco find. These organic crackers have a great crunch! We also had a bag of Pretzel Crisps, which is a good match for just about anything you can think of.
The white cheddar is the strongest flavor, but you get hints of garlic and white onion. I didn’t add too much onion to this one, because I know some people aren’t huge on onion. But you could totally add more if you wanted to.
- 2 16 oz packs of low fat cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup finely shredded white cheddar cheese
- 3 tablespoons grated white onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt to taste
- 1 pack sliced or slivered almonds
- Add all ingredients except for almonds into a bowl. Mix together thoroughly.
- Roll cheese into a ball like form in bowl, and finish molding with hands.
- Pour almonds on a plate, and roll cheese ball to cover. Press almonds into any open spots remaining.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
I’m thinking I might need to make this the next time I buy bagels. Everything bagles – one of my favorite flavors! It’d go pretty perfectly, IMO.