Cheese Balls Revisited
When I was growing up, we'd have Christmas dinner with my parents' best friends. Lynn admitted that she was not a very good cook--one Christmas she forgot to put the roast beef in and wound up microwaving it. It was a memorable meal. I'm still not sure why she was given Christmas duty year after year. She did however make an incredible blue cheese/cream cheese ball covered in walnuts which we loved. I believe it had minced green and red peppers in it, but other than that, I'm not sure what the seasonings were, but I have a feeling that they were pretty basic.
I tend to think that the recipe came from a newspaper or magazine in the late 1960's or early 1970's. Does anyone have a similar recipe for this? Thank you in advance.
My Better Homes and Gardens Encyclopedia od Cooking* (circa 1970) has a recipe for an olive-cheese ball with cream cheese, blue cheese, butter, olives, and chives, with walnuts pressed on the sides. If interested, I'll post the recipe.
*this set was a gift to me from my master's thesis advisor after his wife passed away. So retro and I am reminded--very pleasantly--of him whenever I look at one of the volumes (he has also since passed away.)
My classic from the '70s has sharp cheddar in addition to the blue cheese, so I'm not sure it's what you're looking for, but my family and friends love it. I use the recipe as a guideline, but I don't measure precisely.
1 8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
crumbled blue cheese to taste
1 Tablespoon finely chopped green pepper
1 Tablespoon chopped pimento
1 Tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (or minced fresh garlic to taste)
dash of cayenne or Tabasco
Combine all ingredients with mixer or food processor. Form into a ball or log and roll in chopped pecans or walnuts. (I toast the nuts.)