Game Day Snacks: Bring On the Cheese!
The All Important Cheese Ball
Who can watch a playoff or bowl game without a Cheese Ball? Score big with this recipe:
Cheese Ball for the Mighty
(2) 8 oz pkgs. of cream cheese ( I think low fat would work fine, but avoid no fat brands)
(1) 8 1/2 oz can of crushed pineapple, drained
(2) cups chopped pecans
(1/4) cup chopped green pepper
(2) Tablespoons chopped onion
(1) Tablespoon seasoned salt
Mix in 1 cup of your chopped nuts after mixing the other ingredients.
Roll into a ball.
Roll into your second cup of nuts.
Makes one large ball or two small balls. Serve with hard crackers of your choice or veggies.
The Famous Cheese Pear
Here is a little known but impressive technique for serving your cheese dip. Blue Cheese is a bold cheese and pairs well with thyme for a herbal complement. Serving pears with your Blue Cheese is also extremely tasty. This cheese is also fun to sculpt into different shapes!
(1) lb. of Roquefort or Blue Cheese
colored paper; brown and green
crackers and pears
Soften your cheese and shape into the form of a pear.
Place in refrigerator to firm up and then smooth by dipping your fingers in warm water and smoothing the sides. Make sure it is room temperature when you serve to bring out the full flavor.
Sprinkle lightly and evenly with a little thyme seasoning and garnish with fresh thyme sprigs.
Cut a little stem and leaf out of colored paper to put on your pear. Place in middle of platter and surround with your favorite crackers and real pear slices.
You can make this cheese any shape you want. Try shaping into a flat football shape and use strips of green onion or string cheese for your laces. You can also shape into an apple shape, sprinkle with a little paprika and serve with apples and crackers.
Blushing Bowl Dip
A Hot Spicy Dip for Hot ,Spicy people:
(1) pkg. dried onion soup mix
(1) pint sour cream
(3/4) cup chili sauce
(1-2) tsp. horseradish sauce
dash of tabasco
Simply blend these ingredients, and refrigerate until serving. It's a winner!
Have a good time and enjoy the game!
Don't be afraid to add your own touches to these recipes.
Splurge on good quality crackers. My favorites are: AkMak and Triscuits.