Local Salt Lake City Blog: Food Finery

Written by Becky

I have the extreme honor of guest posting on The Vintage Mixer this week. It’s owner and my dear friend, Becky, is traveling the globe and has invited me to post a recipe for all of you.  I usually blog at Food Finery and tweet from @foodfinery.

For my guest post, I tried to think of a special recipe, a useful recipe, a unique recipe and a favorite recipe all week. I decided to go with a combination of all of those things as well as a simple recipe. This is my favorite cheese ball. I have toyed with it for years and am head over heels in love with this concoction. I make it every Thanksgiving and a few other times throughout the year. It’s so easy and such a fantastic appetizer. You can take it with you, to a dinner party, easily and it looks and tastes like you babied it and slaved over it… truth be told… it’s one of the easiest things you will likely ever make! Serve it with your favorite crackers (I am a Triscuit fan).

Food Finery’s Cheese Ball


INGREDIENTS
2 8 ounce packages cream cheese
3 Tablespoons finely chopped green onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup mayo
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper (I love red peppercorns in this ball)

2 cups slivered almonds

DIRECTIONS
Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature. Combine the cream cheese, onion, garlic, mayo, Parmesan cheese, oregano, salt and pepper in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to an even, creamy consistency. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, give it another few turns then scrape out onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Form a ball and wrap tightly. Place in a small, deep bowl, to help retain the ball shape and refrigerate at least 3 hours (overnight is BEST).

Remove from refrigerator, unwrap and turn out onto a plate covered in the 2 cups of almond slivers. Roll the ball around the almonds, pressing with your hands to cover the ball in the nuts. Place on your serving platter and surround with your favorite crackers.

More of my recipes can be found at Food Finery.
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Comments (5)

  1. with my luck, i've actually tasted this thing and it's AMAZING! Can't believe it's so easy :) I am so giving this one a try. :)

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