WHAT YOU NEED

Ingredients:

  • 3 pkgs (8 oz/227 g each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each, salt and pepper


Bacon, Onion & Cheddar

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) aged Canadian Cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped crispy cooked bacon
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) sliced, toasted almonds

Blue Cheese, Caramelized Onion & Dried Cranberry

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) crumbled Canadian blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) caramelized onions
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) honey
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) each, dried parsley, rosemary and thyme leaves

 

Balsamic, Fig, Shallot & Aged Gouda

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) shredded aged Canadian Gouda
  • 1 cup (250 mL) finely diced dried figs
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) finely diced shallots
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) each, Dijon and balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) chopped pistachios

INSTRUCTIONS (MAKE ALL THREE)

 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer using a paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt and pepper until smooth. Divide equally into 3 bowls.
  • Bacon, Onion & Cheddar: In the first bowl, stir in Cheddar, onions, bacon and Worcestershire. Using plastic wrap, shape into a ball and roll in almonds. Wrap well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Blue Cheese, Caramelized Onion & Dried Cranberry: In the second bowl, stir in blue cheese, onions, cranberries, mustard and honey. Using plastic wrap, shape into a ball. Combine parsley, rosemary and thyme and roll ball into herbs. Wrap well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Balsamic, Fig, Shallot & Aged Gouda: In the third bowl, stir in Gouda, figs, shallot, Dijon and balsamic. Using plastic wrap, shape into a ball and roll into pistachios. Wrap well and refrigerate until ready to serve.


To serve: Unwrap cheese balls and place on serving platter with a variety of crackers and vegetables.

Tree Variation: Shape cheese balls into cone or tree shapes with a generous base to support the cheese structure. Refrigerate 10-15 minutes, then roll in coating ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO PER SERVING:

1/10th cheeseball 
Bacon, Onion and Cheddar  
Calories 280
Fat 25 g
Saturated Fat 10 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 55 mg
Sodium 330 mg
Carbohydrates 5 g
Fibre 2 g
Sugars 2 g
Protein 10 g
 
Blue Cheese, Caramelized Onions & Dried Cranberry  
Calories 220
Fat 18 g
Saturated Fat 10 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Sodium 430 mg
Carbohydrates 12 g
Fibre 3 g
Sugars 6 g
Protein 6 g
 
Balsamic, Fig, Shallot & Aged Gouda  
Calories 220
Fat 14 g
Saturated Fat 4.5 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 25 mg
Sodium 200 mg
Carbohydrates 17 g
Fibre 4 g
Sugars 9 g
Protein 10 g

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