CHEESE BALLS THREE WAYS

 

  • Cooking Time: 5
  • Servings:
  • Preparation Time: 8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 dashes hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • CHEDDAR AND CRANBERRY:
  • 8 ounces sharp orange cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons store-bought chutney
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • Water crackers, for serving
  • ROQUEFORT AND WALNUT:
  • 6 ounces Roquefort cheese
  • 1 shallot, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 teaspoons brandy (optional)
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • Vegetable chips (such as Terra Chips Sweets & Beets), for serving
  • GOAT CHEESE AND SCALLIONS:
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
  • 1/3 cup fresh curly-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices, for serving

Directions

  • Put butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and pepper into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until combined.
  • Divide equally among 3 medium bowls.
  • Stir cheddar cheese and chutney with base mixture in the first bowl.
  • Form into a ball.
  • If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month.
  • Roll cheese ball in cranberries to coat before serving.
  • Serve with crackers.
  • Stir blue cheese and shallot with base mixture in second bowl; add brandy, if desired.
  • Form into a ball.
  • If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days; freeze up to 1 month.
  • Roll in walnuts to coat before serving.
  • Serve with chips.
  • Stir goat cheese and scallions with base mixture in remaining bowl.
  • Form into a ball.
  • If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month.
  • Roll in parsley to coat before serving.
  • Serve with cucumber slices.

Notes

Makes three 4-inch cheeseballs; serves 8 to 10

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