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Old School Cheese Ball

This is the first recipe I ever wrote down when I was a kid. I have made it for years now so it's tucked away in my brain.

ingredients for cheeseball in a bowl

Photo: Clara Moore

This recipe isn't fancy or complicated, but it's always more fun to make your food at home than to simply buy it from the store.

This zippy, nut-covered ball of cheese has been a fixture at just about every family holiday since I can remember.

It is also the first recipe I ever wrote down. I remember getting a pencil and a piece of loose leaf paper, pulling up a kitchen chair to the counter, and asking my mom for the recipe for her cheese ball. I wanted to write it down so it would never be lost. (Yes, I was a slightly dramatic child.)

My mom smiled and gave a soft laugh before she indulged me. I scribbled it on the paper, which probably knocked around my junk drawer for years. Unfortunately, I do not have that original pencil scrawled recipe, but I have made it for years now so the recipe is tucked away in my brain – just like my mom when I pulled up that kitchen chair to the counter.

Go forth and conquer your friends and family with this super-simple super-delicious cheese ball!

Old School Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • one 8 ounce container cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounce block cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, grated
  • 5 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans

Cooking Directions

  1. Mix everything but the nuts in a bowl until well combined. Place bowl in refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill the cheese. This will make it easier to form.
  2. Spread nuts over a cutting board or plate. Take out cheese and form it into one large ball or two smaller ones. Then roll the cheese balls in the nuts, coating all sides.
  3. Assemble cheese balls up to two days ahead. Keep them refrigerated until ready to serve.

Clara Moore

Clara Moore is a chef from St. Louis finding her way in Seattle, one plate of food at a time. She lives in a cedar cabin in the woods and cooks at home a lot more now than ever before.

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