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Cheese Remix: Cheese Ballin’

New spins on this retro app help keep it fresh.

Bacon Scallion Cheese BallYoung cheddar, cream cheeseChopped ScallionsChopped baconWoven wheat crackers
Chocolate Chèvre Cheese BallFresh goat cheeseCocoa powderSemi-sweet chocolate chipsVanilla cookies
Spicy Cheese BallCream cheese, grated AsiagoChopped pepperoncini, chopped salamiToasted panko breadcrumbsButter crackers
Sweet and Salty Cheese BallBlue cheese, fromage blancChopped caramelized shallots, chopped datesCandied pecansWater crackers


Cheese Ball Tips

  • Bring all ingredients to room temperature before assembling your cheese ball—but don’t leave fresh cheeses out for longer than two hours.
  • Every cheese ball needs a fresh cheese that can hold its shape to serve as the base. Cream cheese is the most common, but you can also use fromage blanc, fresh chèvre, mascarpone, and more. Whip in accent cheeses using a food processor for an additional flavor boost (grate them first if they’re firm).
  • Textural contrast is what makes cheese balls so addicting. Fold softer flavorings directly into the mixture, and roll the ball in something crunchy to finish.
  • If your cheese ball is too runny, add a tablespoon of unsalted butter to the mixture—this will help it solidify as it chills.
  • A dash of booze—beer, wine, or liquor, depending on your recipe—never hurt a cheeseball (it’s the holidays after all!). 

Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's former editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.

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