Red, White, and Blue Cheese Balls
These might not look like it, but you never want to judge a ball by its cover, because inside we are pairing fire-roasted red pepper, fresh white sweet corn, and blue cheese. Not only is the inside amazing, but these are also getting rolled in all sorts of extra deliciousness which really elevates these.
- Serves: 60 persons
- 2(8 ounce) packages cream cheese
- 3tablespoons butter, softened
- ¼teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1pinch cayenne pepper
- 1cup diced roasted red peppers
- 2cups fresh white corn kernels
- 4ounces blue cheese, crumbled
- ½cup chopped toasted almonds
- ½cup sliced fresh chives
- 1cup minced crisp-cooked bacon
Step 1Combine cream cheese, butter, salt, pepper, cayenne, roasted red peppers, corn, and blue cheese in a mixing bowl. Stir together until evenly and thoroughly combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely chilled, about 1 hour.
Step 2Use a sorbet scoop or spoon to form tablespoon-sized balls of cheese mixture; place on a lined sheet pan. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. A perfect shape doesn't matter at this point since these will be rolled in the coatings to complete the process.
Step 3Transfer chilled cheese balls into the coatings of your choice, such as almonds, chives, and bacon, and roll around to cover. Once coated, roll each briefly in your hands to achieve the final ball shape. Transfer to a plate or pan and keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to serve.