Curried Cheese Ball

Cheese Ball

Here, on the last day of 2014, I am about to sing the praises of an old-fashioned party favorite.  And, because you may just need something to nosh on later this evening, while you’re sipping that bubbly wine, why not this curry-scented, pistachio-studded cheese ball?Cheese Ball

It’s a versatile and easy to make addition to tonight’s (or any night’s, really) snack tray.  It also fulfills my requirement to offer cheese and crackers at every available opportunity.  This is a keeper; it has a great balance of sweet and savory, with its curry seasoning and fruit flavors from dates and mango chutney.  Texture and color abound with a generous coating of toasted and chopped pistachios.  There’s still time, if you get to the supermarket pronto!  And, remember to enjoy this evening; eat hearty, drink a toast to family and friends, and make all those wishes that you hope will come true.  Happy New Year to you all!

Cheese Ball

Curried Cheese Ball

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Serves: 12 to 15 cheese-lovers
A curry-scented and pistachio crusted cheese ball that you'll be proud to present on your favorite snack tray.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced sweet onion
  • 1 tablespoon mango chutney
  • 1½ teaspoons mild curry powder
  • Generous pinch of coarse salt
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup chopped, unsalted pistachios, toasted, for coating the cheese ball
  • Assorted crackers and/or crudites, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, with a sturdy spatula or wooden spoon, mix together the cheeses, dates, onion, chutney, curry powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Form the mixture into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  2. When you are ready to serve, re-form the cheese into a smooth ball and roll it in the chopped pistachios to coat all surfaces.
  3. Set on a serving tray or board, with an assortment of crackers and fresh, crunchy crudites.

Cheese Ball

From “Great Balls of Cheese” by Michelle Buffardi.

2 Comments

    • donna

      Happy New Year Thalia! You must explore the possibilities when it comes to cheese balls; the little book that the recipe is from contains all sorts of new and interesting options, both savory and sweet. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

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