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Friday, January 22, 2016

Individual Cranberry Cheese Balls


    When planning a baby shower for our friend we just knew there had to be cheese balls.  They are always one of her favorites.  The problem is, serving from a large cheese ball in a buffet line like that can hold things up.  So, we thought it would be fun to do them as individual cheese balls instead!  All our guests had to do was grab a pretzel stick or two and move on.  We served them with crackers on the side in case people would want to spread them over crackers.  However, that is not completely necessary.  These cheese balls have a fun mix of sweet and savory and are an unexpected addition to your menu.



Individual Cranberry Cheese Balls
Makes 2-3 dozen cheese balls depending on size

Ingredients:

8 oz cream cheese
3/4 cup gorgonzola (feta would work if you prefer)
3/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 tsp hot sauce
1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
pretzel sticks for serving


  1. Combine cream cheese, gorgonzola, cranberries  and hot sauce in a food processor.
  2. Process until completely blended.
  3. Form into small balls a heaping Tablespoonful at a time.  Roll in chopped pecans.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Stick a pretzel stick into each one.



12 comments:

  1. Who would have ever thought to put hot sauce in that combination of ingredients. YOU - that's who. What a fun treat.

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    1. It needed a little something to pep it up. Of course I didn't add enough to make it spicy, just enough to make it a bit more complex.

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  2. What a perfect, bite-sized snack, Carlee! They'd be pretty for Valentine's Day, too.

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    1. Thanks, Kitty! I hadn't thought of doing them for Valentine's day but that would be perfect! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Wow! Those sound easy and yummy! What a great idea. I'll have to try it soon. Stopping by from Funtastic Friday. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really had fun making and serving them. Have a great weekend!

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  4. These look delicious!
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

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  5. Those sound delicious! Love that you made them small for people to take. You're a smart cookie!

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    1. I might just be impatient! People can move much more quickly through the food line if they can grab and go rather than stop and spread ;-)

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    1. Thank you! They are great for a party!

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