A cheese ball is a party food staple. Here are a few recipes that add a new twist to an old favorite.
Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
1 (8 ounce) softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup softened butter (no substitutes), 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 3/4 cup confectioners sugar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 3/4 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips, 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans, chocolate graham crackers.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add sugars. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours.
After refrigerating, put cream cheese mixture in the center of a large piece of plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Before serving, roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with chocolate graham crackers.
Dale’s Cheese Ball
2 packages of softened cream cheese, 2 capfuls of Worcestershire sauce, 1 bunch of green onions, 2 packs (6 ounces) of deli sliced roast beef (found in cold-cuts refrigerated section of grocery store), 2 capfuls of Dale’s Steak Sauce, 1 teaspoon of Accent.
Chop each package of beef into small squares. Chop tops of green onions. Using a fork, mix all ingredients in a bowl. Form a ball. Refrigerate for firmness. Serve with Sociable crackers or Wheat Thins.
Fried Cheese Balls
2 pounds of cubed American cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 to 1 cup of flour in a Ziploc bag, Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, 1/2 cup milk, cooking oil.
Mix egg and milk in a blow. Dip cheese cubes into the egg mixture then shake in the Ziploc bag to coat with flour. Repeat.
Heat oil to 350 degrees. You can use a pan, but make sure the balls are covered in the oil. Dip balls into hot oil. They will cook fast. When lightly brown, remove from heat and sprinkle with Lawry’s Seasoning Salt. This gets messy if the cheese is cooked too long so again, just lightly brown. Serve hot.