Yesterday I made cheese balls for the holidays! I LOVE LOVE LOVE me a good cheese ball. This post is a basic way to make Cheese balls, but really Cheese balls can be really diverse and you can make almost any kind of flavour of Cheese ball that you desire by adding in your favourite spices and seasoning’s.
Basic Cheese Ball Starter:
- 4 1 cup packages of cream cheese – softened
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1 bundle of green onions chopped up really small
- Lots of grated cheese to make the Cheese balls really thick and more for rolling the finished balls in after. (I grated up about 2 750 gram bars for the amount of cream cheese. I usually use cheddar cheese.
Method- Beat cream cheese, sour cream and green onions. Add in any seasonings or spices you desire. Use your hands to work in enough cheese that the cheese ball is firm and can be rolled into a large ball with your hands. One batch of this recipe should get you approximately six large cheese balls. Roll the ball through grated cheese and nuts if you are putting them in.
Variations- You can use a lot of different seasonings and spices to give your cheese balls flavour. These are examples of Cheese ball flavours I’ve made in the past and what goes well together.
Spicey Cheese Balls- Yesterday I added two tbs of Epicures Jalapeno and Cheese Seasoning, and 1 tbs of Epicures Nacho Cheese Seasoning, and 1/2 tbs of grated red pepper flakes into my cheese balls. I also added red pepper flakes to the cheese that the finished ball would be rolled into to give the Cheese ball a bit of colour. I used regular cheddar cheese for the cheese inside of the cheese ball and on the outside, but i think jalapeno havarti or monterey jack cheese would have made a lovely substitute or add in
Bacon, Cheddar and Chives Cheese Balls- I added three tbs of Epicures Bacon, Cheese and Chive seasoning to my cheese ball for flavour and i found that these balls had a really lovely smokey flavour. Next time I might add a little bit of smokey paprika to it as well to amplify the smokey taste. If you dont have that specific flavour of seasoning, you might want to try just chopping up some cooked bacon, and lots of chives and adding it right in to achieve the same flavour. I used marble cheddar cheese for the cheese inside these balls.
Herb and Garlic Cheese Balls- I added Epicures Herb and Garlic Seasoning to this (about 3tbs). I find with this particular seasoning you really do need to let it sit in the fridge for about an hour to maximize the delicious garlic taste. If you don’t have this seasoning, grate in maybe 3 cloves of garlic and add a little bit of thyme, sage, and parsley. I used marble cheddar for this Cheese Ball as well. Goat cheese or Canadian Brie might be a nice substitute for the marble cheddar.
Another Add On- If you like nuts, some people like to roll there cheese balls in walnuts or other nuts.
Be creative, Cheese Balls really are easy to make and can’t really be screwed up. If its too wet, add in more shredded cheese or cream cheese to thicken it up. If you find it too thick, add in more sour cream. Get some nice crackers, and enjoy!