Cheese balls are the unsung heroes of party foods.
A staple of the 1950s, the cheese ball has acquired a bad rap in the last few decades, dismissed as another food relic of the post-war years.
Mid-century cheese ball recipes might feature deviled ham, ranch dressing and cream cheese. No wonder they were labeled as bland, soggy, and an utter epicurean-failure. But with today’s delicious cheeses & high-quality ingredients, it’s high time the cheese ball got some redemption.
And that time is now — for we are living through the cheese ball renaissance. Since 2002, when comedienne Amy Sedaris wrote The Book of Liz – with a cheese ball-loving protagonist – cheese balls have been on the up-and-up. Martha Stewart includes them on her show, Food Network has recipes for them, and there was even a book published with some of the cutest cheese balls you’ve ever seen.
Gone are the days of the overly-sweet cheese blob, left to wither on a platter during a party. No – the cheese ball of today has style, taste, and can be the belle of any ball with the right toppings.
The modern cheese ball is delicate, elegant, and delicious. (Plus, they’re super easy to make). Check out some of our favorite recipes:
If you’re looking for something gorgeous…
Pomegranate-Jeweled Cheddar, Toasted Almond and Crispy Sage Cheeseball
If you’re looking for something subtle… Cocoa-Lavender Cheese Ball
If you’re looking for something savory… Almond and Chevre Cheese Balls
If you’re looking for something traditional…
Pistachio Goat Cheese Ball
Or, go forth confidently and create your own cheese balls!