First, can we just have the obligatory giggle over the term “cheeseball.” Let’s do it.
Ok, now that we’ve indulged our inner 9 year-olds, let’s get started, shall we?
(I’m sorry…this is really unprofessional but…LOLOLOLOLOL…ok…I’m done…I promise.)
They are one of my favorite party treats! You know why? A few reasons:
- They are super easy to prep and make. (It takes about 7-ish minutes to prep one, a few hours to chill)
- They look really impressive when you set them out.
- They are really easy to make both low-cal and high-protein
The latter is important. I find most party food is carbs, carbs, carbs. And yeah…I get it. It’s a party. We’re indulging. But then I feel like the b*tchy person in the room when I survey the entire snack table and find not a single piece of protein. Do these people not know about my blood sugar drops???? (Actually they don’t. Mostly because I didn’t tell them.)
So when I have a party (or contribute to a party) very often I will make a cheeseball, thus ensuring there is at least one thing on the damn table that I can eat.
These cheeseball recipes have the added benefit of making you look like a super-legit Foodie. Don’t believe me. Just say the names of them. Don’t you just feel more cultured?
Curried Cheeseball (pictured above)
This is based off of a cheeseball that used to be served at my bariatric support group holiday party. I had someone recently ask if they could make this without the curry. You could…but you probably don’t want to. If you don’t like curry…look to one of these other choices. For this cheeseball the sweetness of the raisins is tempered by the exotic flavor of the curry, which blends well with the crunchiness of the nuts. It’s a flavor family. You don’t want to break up this family. Don’t make your cheeseball from a broken home!
This one has a story. For the last few years I’ve been trying really hard to eat in season for my local area. Which means that although my children long for strawberries in the winter, I am very careful to protect my supply. (I buy in bulk in the summer, and freeze them with my Food Saver machine!)
But this cheeseball? Well worth the investment of a portion of my frozen berries!
Raspberry Walnut Goat Cheese
Yessss! If this doesn’t make you look like an expert Foodie, I don’t know what will. I’m not sure why folks think goat cheese is a complex thing. I basically just buy it and mix it into stuff. But whatever. I’ll take the accolades. And the yummy flavor!
So there you have it, Foodies. Three kicka$$ cheeseballs that will not only satisfy party guests, but put you in the potluck hall of fame. Because, really, isn’t that where we all want to be???