Over the weekend my husband and I attended a little cookout with a few friends. It was fun to be able to hangout with friends on the weekend, and not have to worry about hubby getting home at a decent hour to work the next day. It’s been awhile since we could enjoy a weekend together.
So everyone that came to the cookout decided to bring some sort of dish to go with the main course the host was making. I of course made my awesome guacamole, but I also wanted to bring an appetizer too. Something for everyone to snack on while waiting for dinner.
I knew that I had a few packages of cream cheese in my fridge that needed to get used up, so I decided on making 2 cheeseballs. One, more traditional in flavor, and the other with a little indian twist.
The first is a Garlic, Bacon, Ranch cheeseball. Not only does it have a lot of garlic and bacon in it, but it also uses some of the seasonings that are in those ranch dressing packets. I didn’t want to use the pre packaged stuff if I could help it.
All you have to do is bring your cream cheese to room temperature. I usually let mine sit out for about 2-3 hours. Then you chop up your cooked bacon, and green onion. Add in your seasonings, onion, bacon and cheese to the cream cheese and mix thoroughly with your hands. Shape it into a ball and roll it in a little more shredded cheese and there you have it!
For the second one, I added shredded cheese, curry and other spices to cream cheese. I have used this mixture in the past when I’ve made cream cheese stuffed peppers<—–amazing–but I’ll have to share another time!
Mix everything together with your hands, shape into a ball and roll in shredded cheese!
Both of these are served great with Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or any other cracker you prefer. Keep them refrigerated until you are ready to serve!
Garlic, Bacon, Ranch Cheeseball
- 2 pkg. (16oz.) Cream cheese, softened
- 3 strips bacon , cooked and crumbled
- 5-6 green onions , finely chopped
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dill
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp parsley
- Chopped nuts-optional
- In a large bowl combine all ingredients minus 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Mix thoroughly with hands, and form into a ball. Roll ball in remaining shredded cheese. Optional: roll in chopped nuts if prefered
Indian Curry Cheeseball
- 1 pkg. (8oz) Cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp Curry Powder
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 cup shredded cheese.
- In large bowl combine all ingredients minus 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Mix thoroughly with hands and shape into a ball. Roll ball in remaining shredded cheese.