Tuesday, December 1, 2009

big phat orb of AWESOME aka the holiday cheeseball

it's that time of year to indulge in all thing fatty and good...tops on my list being the CHEESEBALL! following is the recipe for creating a little holiday magic of your own...adapted from a martha stewart recipe, made extra fabulous by the amazing selection of reasonably priced fancy stuff at trader joe's and whipped into submission by my beloved julia child's inspired kitchenaid mixer.

the base:
1/2 lb or 8oz of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 pkg or 8oz of cream cheese
1/2 stick or 4 tbls of butter
1 tbls of whole milk or half & half

secret flavoring ingredient:

2 tbls of mango chutney (tj's mango ginger chutney)

beat in mixer until creamy and delicious then scoop mixture onto a large sheet of wax paper. wrap into a ball shape and stick in the freezer for a few. lick bowl.

chop nuts (tj's sweet and spicy pecans) and cranberries (tj's dried cranberries).

remove the creamy goodness from freezer. roll and shape in the merry blend of fruit and nuts. stand back and admire your orb of awesome for approximately 30 seconds. grab some wine and commence holiday festing!

...all you really need for a truly happy holiday...


  1. why can't i get the formatting correct on this thing...oh well. anyhow, i should add that this is exotic fare here in nyc. seriously. whenever i want to impress, i just break out the midwestern fare. people love it! (as they should)

  2. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. That is all.

  3. That looks really good. I haven't had a good cheeseball in quite a long while. I especially love them because they make me think of Amy Sedaris. Hannah, you never cease to make me smile :)

  4. Oh, and we all seem to have trouble with the formatting at times... I tend to add my pictures first in reverse order and then paste in my text

  5. Looks yummy. I suppose any of the sweeter chutneys would do? I think I would personally use the mango chutney, but then roll it in some Indian Pickle. Mostly because no one else would touch it and it would be all mine :)

  6. Gotta go get the cheese - have chutney and this looks way yummy - We will be giving it a try!!

  7. I bought a cheese ball from Kroger last week and it was horrifying, just embarrassing to have served to guests. It tasted like that cheese from a can that you spray right into your mouth in the middle of the night. Ahem. Anyway, I am totally trying this, thanks!