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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball Carrots


     A couple of years ago I made a Havarti Cheese Ball in the shape of a carrot for our Easter Eggstravaganza.  It won't over so well.  That recipe is a winner anyway.  I was hooked on it the first time our friend Ro made it for us and of course I had to get the recipe.  I have made it a few times since and it is always so good.  Of course it is even more fun when it is shaped like a carrot!


    Then there was the Pig Skin Cheese Ball that the guys just couldn't stop eating during football.  So I decided to do a hybrid.  I took the ranch and cheddar idea from the pig skin football and the carrot shape and morphed them into these cute little carrots.  What a fun snack for our eggstravaganza, don't you think?


    Of course you don't have to make it into carrots.  It would be just as delicious in a ball, just not as cute. My husband went crazy for this cheese ball too.  He helped himself to a big plateful and some pretzel sticks after everyone left.  A reward for another fun event!



Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball Carrots

Ingredients:

1 pound cheddar cheese
3 8 oz blocks cream cheese
1 package ranch dip seasoning mix
Optional fresh parsley or dill for serving

  1. If using bock cheese like I did, place in food processor and process until chopped finely.  If you don't have a food processor, use finely shredded cheddar. 
  2. Use processor or a sturdy spoon to stir in cream cheese and ranch dip.
  3. Chill mixture until it is sturdy enough to handle.  Shape into a ball or if desired roll between your hands to make long carrots.  
  4. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  5. If desired, insert stems of fresh herbs into carrots for presentation. Serve at room slightly chilled or at room temperature with cracker or pretzels. 
Shared at Meal Plan Monday

7 comments:

  1. Too funny, I just packed some of the cheese ball we had on Easter in a container for my lunch today, ha ha! But you talk about adorable! Literately the cutest cheeseball I've ever seen! Brilliant idea and what a huge hit it must've been!

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    1. Great minds think alike! I do have to admit that the carrots turned out kind of cute. Thanks, Andrea!

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  2. Carlee, this is a darling cheese ball idea and it sounds good too. I ended up here after I saw this on Think Tank Thursday link party.

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  3. I love that you take the time to make a cheese ball into carrots!! You do inspire me to take more time and be a bit more creative with the presentation.

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    1. It did make it a lot of fun to serve, that is for sure. Really it wasn't a ton more work either. Thank you!

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  4. Your Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball Carrots look awesome! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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