Christmas is nearly upon us cherishes and I cannot hold up for our enormous family gathering!
And I fair cherish that each year I’m in charge of appetizers. More often than not I’ll attempt to create somehting modern or come up with a fun meat and cheese spread but recently they’ve all been asking one thing…cheese balls. More particularly this pomegranate and white cheddar cheese ball. (I tell ya, I made this ball one time on a impulse for a diverse family gathering and ever since at that point they fair can’t get sufficient of it. ) But who am I to deny them this ball of tacky goodness right?! It’s so simple to create, incorporates a ton of distinctive flavors going on and looks completely shocking when it comes time to serve!
I think the reason I adore making cheese balls for a party is since they’re fair so straightforward! They’re negligible ingrediets (most are lovely cheap as well), they take no time at all to make and blend together AND they provide enormous time on flavor! For this fun occasion cheese ball you simply require the six fixings recorded underneath!
Cream cheese: Gives the ball it’s creaminess and holds all of your ingredients together. (I used redued fat cream cheese but any kind will work too!)
White cheddar: Adds a ton of flavor and compliments the pomegranates so well. (You can also replace it with regular cheddar or even parmesan/asiago cheese too!)
Green onion: Gives your cheese ball that little bit of freshness!
Pecans: Adds some texture along with a sublte nutty flavor. (Can be replaced with walnuts or almonds.)
Salt: Helps to bring out each individual flavor in your ball.
Pomegranate arils: Adds flavor and freshness and makes your ball look absolutely stunning!
HOW TO MAKE A CHEESE BALL
I’m not gonna lie, I used to think cheese balls were so hard to make… But they’re actually one of the easiest appetizers to put together! Here’s how you do it!
Let the cream cheese sit out at room temperature until it’s slightly softened. Then place it in a bowl and mix it with your cheddar cheese, pecans, green onion and salt. Form the mixture into a ball and place it on a serving tray.
Next, take a few small handfuls of your pomegranate arils and gently press them around the ball to form a “crust”. (Don’t press too hard though or they’ll burst!)
At this point you can either serve it immediately with crackers or carefully wrap the ball in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
It’s that easy!