These mini cheese balls make adorable and easy appetizers for any get together! And you can make them ahead and customize them to your tastes like any other cheese ball.
I especially like these mini cheese balls because they're a simple way to feed a crowd. :D
Step 1: Ingredients
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 - 1 cup shredded cheese - cheddar, parmesan, etc - anything that's not too soft
Seasonings I used:
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
Ideas for toppings:
- chopped chives
- crumbled bacon
- chopped walnuts or pecans
- sesame seeds
Step 2: Mixing!
Add together your cheeses and seasonings and mix it all together with a spatula. I find it's easiest to mix it by folding and mashing it into the bottom and sides of the bowl.
Step 3: Rolling!
Take enough of the cheese mixture between your hands to form a small ball, about 1 1/2 inches across. You should be able to get twelve balls of equal size out of this amount of cheese.
Step 4: Coat Them in Your Toppings.
Put whatever you want to roll the balls in on a small plate, and roll them about, pressing gently with your hands to make sure the toppings stick.
I never try to cover them completely because it time consuming and never works the way you think it will. :P
Step 5: Chill and Serve!
Chill the balls in the fridge for at least a couple hours - but you can store them for a couple days too. :D
Serve with fancy crackers and enjoy!