New Year’s Cheese Ball Recipe

by Travis Loncar on December 27, 2011

Hey there, folks! How’s it going? Great? Splendid! We hope you had an amazing Christmas – filled with friends, family, food, and tons of holiday cheer! That said, we hope you saved just a little for all of your New Year’s festivities. Wait . . . a new year? Yep. Believe it or not, we’ll be looking back on 2011 – the year that was – and celebrating the kick-off of 2012 in less than a week. Time really flies, doesn’t it? Anyways, the purpose of today’s post is to help you kick off 2012 with deliciousness. And what better to qualify deliciousness than a scrumptious gourmet cheese ball! Two words. Yum. (Nice catch.)

new years cheese ball


The following recipe is for a gourmet cheddar cheese ball that can serve up to 20 people. If you’re having/going to a New Year’s party, there are few better options. Just trust us.

Get Those Ingredients!

The ingredients for the New Year’s cheese ball are as follows:

-2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese (8 oz of block cheddar)
-8 ounces of softened cream cheese (plain)
-1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
-2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
-1 minced clove of garlic
-1/4 of a teaspoon of pepper (preferably cayenne)
-1/2 of a cup of sliced, blanched almonds (optional)

Follow These Directions!

Okay, so, to begin, you’ll need a food processor. Nothing fancy, just something that gets the job done. Start by processing the cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, cream cheese, garlic, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce until you have a nice smooth, cheesy mixture.

Here comes the fun part. Once you have a nice mix, transplant it in the middle of a nice, big piece of plastic wrap. Bring the sides of the wrap together, forming a tightly sealed plastic layer around your cheese mixture. Now it’s time to get hands-on. Use your hands to shape the mixture into a ball. The plastic wrap will act as a barrier between your palms and the cheese. Once you’ve obtained a shape that’s pretty close to a sphere, place it (still wrapped) in the refrigerator. Let it refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours (or a maximum of 2 days).

cheddar cheese ball with almonds


Now that you have a firm, sphere-like cheddar cheese ball, you can make any reshaping adjustments necessary to form the perfect ball. Once you’re satisfied with the final shape, you’re done! If you think your party will enjoy the almonds, simply roll your fresh cheese ball in the nuts to form a nice coating. If not, that’s fine, too! Let it rest at room temperature for an additional 20 minutes or so, and voila – you’ve made you and up to 19 guests a New Year’s cheese ball that’s the definition of delectable!

Have a happy New Year’s, Penn Mac faithful! May your resolutions bring you health, prosperity, and plenty of gourmet cheese!

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