Mini Cheese Balls

By September 21, 2018 October 21st, 2018 Appetizers, Home Everyday Cooking, Recipes

These Mini Cheese Balls are the perfect party appetizer, or add crackers to a jar along with the mini cheese ball bites and give them as a gift!

Mini Cheese Balls

The Dried Beef Cheese Ball Recipe is a traditional recipe that I have been making for many moons. It’s super easy to put together, takes just a few ingredients, and tastes delicious!

So taking that recipe and making mini cheese ball bites was the next step, not sure why I haven’t thought about it before now.

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I mean, what’s not to love? Little bite size snacks that taste amazing – perfect for parties or cookouts – can be made ahead of time – they store well – and can be given as a gift.

Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Since the holidays are coming up, we thought you would love this super easy gift from the kitchen! These Mini Cheese Balls are great for a hostess gift, co-worker, neighbor, teachers and more!

And the men on your list will love them too! In our family, the boys always dig into the Cheese Ball before anything else.

Mini Cheese Ball Bites – Gift

Supplies:

  • Clear jar – any size will work, the straight edge of this jar worked well
  • Ribbon and/or Twine
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Small knife for spreading, optional but a nice addition
  • Scissors
  • Mini Cheese Balls
  • Crackers

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Cheese Ball Recipe, and divide it into pieces (cutting it like a pie is easy)
  2. Roll each piece into a ball
  3. Crush and chop coatings – chives, nuts, green onions, cranberries – your choice
  4. Roll the mini cheese ball bites in each of the coatings
  5. Cut a piece of plastic wrap and cover the cheese ball. Tie with a ribbon
  6. Place crackers in the bottom of the jar
  7. Add cheese balls
  8. Add ribbon, twine and small knife around the jar, or decorate any way you like.

We tried several different options to fill the jar and ultimately came up with this method as the best option. If you wrap the cheese balls first, then add the crackers on the bottom of the jar, the moistness of the cheese won’t get the crackers soggy.

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Mini Cheese Balls

Mini Cheese Balls Recipe

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Mini Cheese Balls

Mini Cheese Balls

  • Author: Liz

Description

These Mini Cheese Balls are super easy to make and are great for gift giving!


Ingredients

2 packages (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened

2 packages of thinly sliced meat, pastrami or beef works best

2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce

2 teaspoons Accent Salt (or regular salt) Accent has MSG in it, so if you don’t want to use that, regular salt is okay, but use a little less

3-4 green onions, chopped finely

Coatings

Green Onions

Nuts – pecans, walnuts, any kind you like – chopped very finely

Chives – chopped very finely

Dried Cranberries – chopped finely


Instructions

Place cream cheese in a large bowl and gently stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until slightly creamy

Cut meat and green onion into small pieces

Add to cream cheese

Add salt and Worcestershire Sauce

Mix well, chill for ease in forming

Divide cheese ball evenly – cutting like a pie works well

Roll each piece into a small ball

Then roll in coating

Place in plastic wrap and tie with ribbon

Store in refrigerator until serving or giving as gift


Notes

To freeze – wrap cheese ball – uncoated with nuts or chives –  in plastic wrap and then add to resealable freezer bag. Place in freezer for up to 1 month.

For gift jar – add crackers to jar then add wrapped mini cheese balls, tie with ribbon or twine and add decoration

 

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