Holidays and entertaining are always a stressful time. Keeping visitors and guests at bay for the chef, or cook, of the house is the goal until the meal is ready to be served. Feeding them plenty of hors dâ€™oeuvres and snacks helps divert traffic from your kitchen and allows for wonderful entertaining and mingling. One of my cheesiest and favorite snack items for Thanksgiving and Christmas is a proper cheeseball.
My mother’s family is from the mid-west, cheese and veggies were a staple for any meal and get together, regardless if a holiday or general family gathering. Grams would make her cheeseball and there were none like hers, though many tried. Finally, she gave me the recipe some years ago when I was hosting my very own holidays at our home.
Such a wonderfully simple recipe that anyone can whip up in a matter of minutes. Some years I made artful variations with chevre, gouda, and my favorite is my brie and balsamic. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do to share!
- 8oz package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 4oz can of green chiles
- 1 cup crush nuts, pecan or almonds are fabulous choices
- sheet of wax paper
In a large bowl mix the cream cheese and cheddar until well blended. Slowly add in the green chiles, draining some of the excess liquid is helpful, but I prefer to keep in as this makes my cheeseball moist and delicious.
Once all the ingredients are blended, spread the nuts out on the wax paper. Drop the mixture onto the wax paper and onto the nuts. Wrap the wax paper around the ball so that the nuts completely cover all the sides. Place into the refrigerator to allow the ball to harden again. Serve on with water crackers, Ritz or with veggies. Enjoy!