In Defense of the Cheese Ball

Cheese balls are the unsung heroes of party foods.

 

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When bad things happen to good cheese.
Photo by
The River Front Times

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.

The pomegranate jeweled white cheddar, toasted almond and crispy sage cheeseball of your dreams. Photo by How Sweet it Is.

The pomegranate cheese ball of your dreams. Photo by How Sweet it Is.

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.

Clean, simple, delicious. Photo by Pioneer Woman.

Clean, simple, delicious.
Photo by
Pioneer Woman.

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!

Not a cheese ball. Just a cheese that happens to be a ball.

Not a cheese ball. Just a cheese that happens to be a ball.


 

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