The story of two cheese balls:
I was single, pigging out on junk food, comparing online dating profiles with a friend. It became dinner time and we were unmotivated to find dinner, so he procured a cheese ball from the fridge. The bright orange kind that’s not really cheese sealed in plastic, covered in almond slices – you know the kind I’m talking about. Before I knew it, I had eaten half of this so-called cheese ball, but still felt strangely empty and hungry.
The next morning I woke up bloated, furry-tongued, lethargic from all the salt and lab-constructed fat. I had a cheese ball hangover. That darn cheese ball, I said. Never again, I said.
Fast forward to my cousin Brittney’s baby shower a couple of weeks ago where there was an array of delightful goodies – including…a cheese ball made by a lady named Micki. It didn’t look out of the ordinary, but I’m not one to turn down cheese so I spread some on a cracker, took a bite and mmmmmmmmm. It was savory, salty, creamy, tasted like real cheese. More than one of us scrambled to get the recipe from her. THANKS MICKI!!!!!
Seeing as how the big game is right around the corner, sharing this recipe seemed appropriate. No matter what team you’re rooting for, this appetizer is sure to be a crowd pleaser. This is also a simple yet impressive plate to make if your bae is into cheese. It will make them swoon.
I like this cheese ball shaped like a plain and simple rounded thing – but you can get fancy and shape this tasty ball of cheesiness into whatever you’d like – say, a football or heart or profile of the apple of your eye. The world is your cheese ball. And with that last cheesy line, here’s the recipe:
- 2 8 oz blocks cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups sharp cheddar, shredded
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup deli ham, chopped
- ½ cup green onion (3-4 stalks), chopped
- Put cream cheese, sharp cheddar, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and salt into food processor and pulse until combined well. Stop to scrape down the sides as needed.
- Add ham and pulse until combined. Add green onion and pulse until combined.
- Line a large mixing bowl with plastic wrap and put cheese ball mixture into the bowl. Wrap in plastic wrap, loosely shape into a ball and put in fridge for about an hour.
- Remove from fridge when you're ready to serve and release the plastic from the cheese ball. Adjust the shape to your heart's desire.
- Serve with your favorite crackers or veggies!