Pile o’ Presents Cheeseballs

Pile o’ Presents Cheeseballs

Pile o’ Presents Cheeseballs

1/2 C. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
24 oz. (3 packages) cream cheese, at room temperature
2 T. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. fresh ground white pepper

8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated
3/4 C. dried cranberries, finely chopped
2 T ginger apple chutney (or other flavorful chutney)
6-8 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
1 shallot, finely chopped (should yield about 1/4 c)
1 C. finely chopped pecans
8 oz. chèvre
1/2 C. green onions, finely chopped (whites & greens)
1/3 C. fresh parsley, finely chopped
Additional dried cranberries, green onions, parsley leaves, and pecan halves to “wrap” packages
Various crackers for serving


Combine butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper, salt, and white pepper in a large bowl. Mix well until smooth & creamy. Divide the mixture evenly into three separate bowls, using the original mixing bowl for one third. To the first bowl, add the cheddar, cranberries, and chutney and mix well. To the second bowl, add the feta, shallot, and pecans and mix well. To the third bowl, add the chèvre, green onions, and parsley and mix well. Find a serving platter large enough to hold three cheeseballs and crackers and set aside. Stretch out a piece of plastic wrap to about 2 feet long. Scoop the contents of one bowl onto the plastic wrap and fold the wrap around the cheese. Mold the cheese to the desired shape using your hands. Gently pull the plastic wrap away from the cheese and carefully place the cheeseball onto the serving platter. Repeat with new plastic wrap for the other two mixtures, shaping each one slightly differently to make your pile of packages more interesting. Refrigerate for at least one hour. After an hour, the cheeseballs should be fairly firm. “Wrap” your packages by arranging the additional cranberries, green onions, parsley leaves, and pecan halves (each to their respective flavor) as you would ribbons and bows. Use your creativity! Return the cheeseballs to the fridge until 1 hour prior to serving. Remove one hour prior to serving. Arrange crackers around the cheeseballs, providing an additional bowl of crackers on the side.

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