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This instructable will show you how to make a modular cheeseball. I call it modular because it can be made with any combination of flavors you prefer. Maybe you like it mild and herby, smoky and sharp, or hot and spicy. This cheeseball can accommodate all tastes.

My youngest daughter adores cheese but dislikes the nutty coating on the outside of the cheeseballs you find in stores. So, instead of scraping off the nutty coating, I decided to figure out how to make them myself. It was surprisingly easy and I learned that you can vary the end result tremendously based on spice and cheese choices used.

It only takes about 5 minutes of actual hands-on time in the kitchen to create a custom cheeseball. It will always be perfect because it has been made with your tastes in mind. The fact that these are much cheaper to make than those bland shrink-wrapped things they sell during the holidays is just a bonus.

Step 1: Gathering Your Ingredients

You need:

4 oz. cream cheese

4 oz. (or 1/2 cup) shredded cheese, whichever variety you prefer

Herbs, spices, etc. of your choice

(optional) 2 Tbsp. finely chopped nuts of your choice or minced fresh herbs of your
choice to use as coating

Step 2: Getting Started

Place the cream cheese in a small, microwavable bowl.
Warm in the microwave 30 sec. or so until the cream cheese is soft and warm.

Step 3: Giving It Flavor

Stir in your favorite seasonings.

I like to make mine using
1/2 teas garlic powder
1/2 teas onion powder
1 teas dried parsley
1/4 teas liquid smoke

Step 4: Cheesing It Up

Add shredded cheese. As you can see, I am using a blend of cheeses.

Consider what cheese flavors might compliment your seasonings. For example: if you are putting in chopped jalepenos and other spicy flavors, try using Montery Jack. For an herb-packed cheeseball, try a Havarti. There are so many cheeses in the world, the possibilities are endless.

Step 5: Bringing It Together

Stir to combine.

If the cheese has melted and the whole cheesy mass has achieved a fairly uniform color and smooth texture, you are done. If not, microwave for another 20 seconds and stir. Repeat until the cheeses are well-combined.

Set aside to cool (or pop into the refrigerator for a bit).

Step 6: Final Touches

When cool yet still pliable, form the cheese mixture into a ball.

(Optional) When satisfied with the shape, roll in nuts or herbs, if desired. My family prefers their cheeseballs without a coating.

Step 7: Finishing Up

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

When you are going to use your cheeseball, take it out of the refrigerator to soften for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Serve with crackers or veggies.
I'm always asking myself, why can we call these stuff "cheese"... Come in France, and learn your senses to know what cheese really is :) Anyway, this 'cheese ball' look nice for "aperitif" (don't know english word for that) with friends
I know what you mean. I really like my cheeses and the thought of some of these things makes me feel ill. And the word your looking for is "snacks" or even more English "nibbles", Just small bits of food to eat while drinking.
Yes, this does push the definition of cheese to its limit. I tend to think of the cheeseball as showcasing of the flavorings with the "cheese" portion being more of a delivery system for those flavors. You could probably create a product with similar applications with flavor-infused fresh, soft cheeses.
could you use port
dang, that looks so good!
I like mine with Worchestershire sauce and parmesan. Adding a bit of green in the form of parsley or chopped scallion makes it "healthy". ;) Also, if you're not doing the nut thing, a bit of paprika on the outside makes it look tidy.
That's the joy of making your own. It can be whatever you want. You can also make different sizes or flavors. Push it into a plastic wrap-lined mold for a neat shape also makes it interesting looking. Make two kinds and swirt them together rather than blend--for more variety.

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