The Ultimate Cheese Ball

Anyone who knows me knows that I only like cheese two ways: if it’s melted or spreadable.  This spreadable cheese is the perfect appetizer when entertaining a group – definitely beats cubed cheddar.  

INGREDIENTS

  • 18 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese (try not to use pre-grated cheese)
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • Scallions (3-4 chutes) or chives, chopped
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans, for rolling
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley (optional)

HOW TO MAKE IT

  • Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic and scallions/chives in a food processor
  • Process the ingredients just until they’re well blended; be careful not to over process – this will make the mixture too loose
  • Scrape the cheese mixture into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour
  • When the mixture has solidified, form it into one ball or two, depending on which size you desire (I usually make two smaller cheese balls out of this recipe)
  • If you want to roll the cheese ball in a nut and parsley mix, blend these ingredients and pour a layer of the mix onto a flat dish
  • Make sure the surface of the cheese ball is smooth and then roll it into the nuts
  • Once the ball is totally covered in the chopped nuts, wrap it in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil to preserve the shape of the ball and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve

Banana Bread

I love a dessert that you can also justify as “breakfast” – this happens to be one of them.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 stick of  butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (3)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup nuts (optional)

HOW TO MAKE IT

  • In a bowl, combine these dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda
  • Using a mixer, blend the melted butter, eggs and sugar
  • Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and mix until well blended
  • Add in the mashed bananas and mix again, but don’t over-work
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts if desired
  • Bake at 350°F for one hour