When it comes to an easy take-along dish for a holiday gathering, nothing beats a cheese ball. It’s perfect for that pre-meal nibbling that tells guests, “Let the feast begin.”
The iconic cheeseball is also a no-cook recipe, which is music to the ears of people who want a break from the oven. The pre-party prep is even easier when you whip your dip using a quality stand mixer like a Bosch. Below are some cheese ball recipes that will draw a crowd and compliments. We’ll list the ingredients so you can see which of these delicacies most tempt your taste buds. You can then visit the respective cooking websites for the finer details of making a champion cheese ball.
Standard Cheese Ball Prep And Serving
The prep for cheese balls is generally pretty uniform; it ’s the ingredients that vary. Just blend your ingredients into a base of cream cheese and form it into a ball. If you’re using the Bosch Universal Plus Mixer, the dual beaters should be up to the task, but you can also use accessories like Universal Cookie Paddles. Roll the ball in a crunchy topping like nuts if the recipe calls for it. You can then use plastic wrap to help shape your dish. Refrigerate your cheesey concoction at least two hours, preferably overnight.
You can bring crackers folks can use to spread the dip but, as noted by thekitchen.com site, a number of other foods pair well with a cheese ball including:
- Crudité plate
- Pear and apple slices
- Pita chips
- Toasted mini-bagels
1. Bleu Cheese Ball with Dried Figs and Honey
This recipe, nabbed from the kitchn.com website, brings a touch of sophistication to the whole cheese ball concept. If you check out the recipe for the Bleu Cheese Ball With Dried Figs and Honey you’ll find the prep pretty standard and, once again, made easier if you use a stand mixer. The ingredients, listed below, guarantee a savory-sweet flavor that’s irresistible to grazing guests.
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 8 ounces crumbled blue cheese
- 1/3 cup dried figs, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
2. Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball
Found on the (pardon our French) Damn Delicious site, this Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball appeals to those who like bacon, which means most people at your holiday gathering.
- 6 slices bacon, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 2 packages cream cheese
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1 package ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3. Spinach Artichoke Cheese Ball
When it comes to hanging out with family, it’s not a popularity contest. It’s about quality time. Still, there’s no doubt that bringing this Spinach Artichoke Cheese Ball to a seasonal shindig will endear you to all. Containing the tang of garlic and Italian cheeses, this recipe culled from the Flavor From Scratch site will have you making Mediterranean magic.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
- 1 bag fresh baby spinach, chopped
- 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- Salt and pepper, to taste
4. Onion, Cranberry, and Pecan Cheese Ball
If you could take the holiday staples served at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, extract their essence and roll them into a ball, you’d have this Onion, Cranberry and Pecan Cheese Ball. This spreadable treat, found on the Real House Moms site, also offers a pop of color thanks to green onions and parsley and vivid red cranberries.
- 8 oz. cream cheese softened
- 2 cups sharp white cheddar shredded
- 1 cup Craisins
- 1/2 cup green onions chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1 cup pecans chopped and toasted and cooled completely
These are just 4 of the cheese ball recipes you can make with the help of your Bosch stand mixer that’ll have you boarding the no-stress express when it comes to those festive gatherings that cram your calendar this time of year.