This cheese ball is an excellent example. The original recipe comes from the October 2014 edition of Bon Appetit Magazine. Have you tried it yet? What a find. Perfect for an appetizer dish any time of the year. I brought one to a dinner party last Saturday night, and it got rave reviews. I did make a few tweaks to the original. I almost doubled the amount of cheddar cheese called for and added some spice with dried red and green chiles. One extra teaspoon of Worcestershire, a second scallion and the revisions were complete. I liked the changes but am posting the link to the original. Make them both and see which you prefer. Or make your own edits, the recipe is very forgiving.
I am making this again for Thanksgiving and adding to the buffet table. The cheese ball spread on bread or crackers will be an excellent addition to the rest of the meal. I will let you know the reaction. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Cheese Ball with Everything Spice
from Bon Appetit Magazine October 2014
2 ounces thick cut bacon, finely chopped (I used veg bacon today)
2 cups finely grated extra sharp cheddar
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons dried green chile
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
½ cup extra virgin oil
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon poppy seed
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted
Crackers (for serving)
Olives (for serving)
- Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until browned and crisp (6- 8 minutes) Transfer to paper towels to drain. Allow to come to room temperature.
- Process the cheddar, cream cheese, and butter in a food processor until smooth. Pulse in scallion, green chile, red pepper flakes, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and the bacon. Season with salt. Scrape mixture into a small plastic wrap–lined bowl; gather plastic around cheese, using your hands to shape into a ball. (The mixture will be very soft. Don't worry, it will firm up) Chill until firm, 3–12 hours.
- Just before serving, cook garlic in oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
- Add shallots to pan and cook, stirring often, until golden brown and crisp, 5–8 minutes. Drain on paper towels; let cool. Discard the oil. Mix the garlic and shallots in a medium bowl. Roll cheese ball in the mixture to coat. Sprinkle with poppy seed and sesame seeds, pressing lightly to adhere. Serve with crackers and olives.
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