Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball

Cranbery Cheddar Cheese Ball

I know it is Old School – but I love a good cheese ball as a party appetizer. I can’t help it – I came of age in the 70’s and these were wildly popular in the Bell Bottom Days. These days I am more adventurous than just stirring ranch dressing mix into cream cheese, and I love to mix up the sweet and salty combo.

Cheddar and cranberries go so well together, it turns out. And I love a good dash of Worcestershire sauce for rich saltiness. Cheese balls are a perfect take-along dish for a party potluck – just plop them on a plate and pile some crackers nearby and – VOILA! – instant party.

This cheeseball is pretty and festive with the Craisin coating. Be careful when you process them in the food processor – if you just whirl them  alone, they will clump up and get stuck. You have to add the walnuts and process them together so they will become tiny bits.

Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball

Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball
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Serves: Serves 24
  • 8 ounces light cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 ounces dried cranberries
  • 2 ounces toasted walnuts or hazelnuts
  1. Mix together the cream cheese, lemon juice, cayenne pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cheddar cheese and green onions. Roll into a ball.
  2. In a food processor, process the raisins and walnuts until very fine crumbs. Spread on a plate. Roll cheese ball in the cranberry mixture.
  3. Chill for at least two hours. Serve with crackers.

Other food bloggers do cheese balls:

Pomegranate Jeweled Cheese Ball, How Sweet it Is
Snowman Cheeseball, Eating Richly
Pinecone Cheeseball, Food Wishes
Holiday Cheeseball, The Healthy Apple

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