This is my version of the very first cheeseball I ever tasted. Picture it. Nikki. 2008. Support group holiday party.
They served this cheeseball and it was…sigh…it was love. Now at the time I was only 11 months post-op so I could only eat a bite (and then couldn’t eat anything else after that) but man, was it worth it!
I feel like with these types of cheeseballs there should be qualifiers for folks who are unfamiliar with curry to tell you if you will like it. So here goes. Definitely try this cheeseball if:
- You are a fan of Indian or Thai food (it uses a few common spices from these cooking traditions)
- You like things that are sweet but also a little bit savory
- You are ok with small amounts of dried fruit
That last is important. Sure, you can make it for your family, but you want to eat some too, right? In this recipe I call for no-sugar added craisins and golden raisins. If you can’t find no-sugar added varieties, you can get the regular ones and simply give them a rinse in the collander to get rid of that sugar coating that is typically added.
Ideally cheeseballs are put on a party table and are only meant to be consumed in 3-4 bite portions (for non-ops) so keep that in mind also. You’re sharing food with others! BUT. If you feel like you can’t handle dried fruit (and for some of us even that natural sugar content is too much), I prepped the one in the picture with most of the dried fruit on the outside of the cheeseball. The golden raisins are inside but they are distributed well throughout the cheeseball. The craisins are all in the coating in the pictured one so that you can easily avoid them if they don’t work for you.
I’d really love to hear what you think about this cheeseball. I’ve served this at parties and I never, ever have leftovers – and they don’t even know there’s protein in it! So definitely give it a try – or make it your own. Play with your food!