Party Cheese Balls: 3 Killer 10-minute Recipes. Great snack to serve at parties together with crackers, chips or baguette. Easy and impressive appetizer!
If you are looking for an easy and delicious appetizer for your New Year’s eve party, here you go: party cheese balls. Three words, many different flavors, depending on what cheese you like. I have three options for you to choose:
- Goat cheese, dried figs and walnuts
- Blue cheese, dates and pomegranate seeds
- Mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, basil and pine seeds.
It takes less than 10 minutes to make each of them! For those, who are interested, I’m spending New Year’s eve with my family in Moscow and I plan to make the traditional New Year’s festive Russian salad which is actually called “Olivier”. I’ve been asked countless times over the years about Russian Christmas. “Wait, is it in the beginning of January?”, “How do you celebrate Christmas in Russia?”, “What do you eat for Christmas in Russia?” The answer is: you don’t celebrate Christmas in Russia, you celebrate the New. Year’s Eve with all the Western attributes of Christmas: Christmas (New Year’s) tree, gifts, festive table and Russian Santa (Ded Moroz). Russian New Year is an equivalent of Western Christmas mixed with New Year’s eve with a bit of Soviet flair. You drink champagne, you eat clementines, Olivier salad and caviar toasts. You wait for the president’s speech about how hard was this year and what are the expectations for the next one. During one of these New Year’s speeches Yeltsin announced his retirement and introduced V.Putin as his successor. You wait until the clock on one of Kremlin towers ring 12 times and the national anthem is played. Then you watch fireworks and a traditional New Year’s movie. It doesn’t matter with whom you are celebrating, with your family, friends or in a restaurant with your spouse, these attributes are always present.The official orthodox Christmas is on 7th of January though. There are people who celebrate it for religious reasons but the majority don’t celebrate it. There are 10 days of holidays starting from the 31st of December, so Christmas is officially the day off. But unless you are religious, you don’t celebrate it at all. It comes from Soviet times, when religion was forbidden and now, 24 years after, we still do this: New Year’s parties with your colleagues from work before the holidays, New Year’s gifts under the New Year’s tree, children’s New Year parties with Santa and sweets. So for me, all the fun is yet to come 🙂How to Make Party Cheese Balls
As for the party cheese balls, I will have them on my New Year’s table. They are good any time anywhere. Addition to your cheese plate? Yes. Impressive looking appetizer for a party? Yes. A gift for a host which everybody will love? Yes. Cheese balls are good any time anywhere. Together with Pears and Blue Cheese Appetizer, they would be a nice addition to your New Year’s eve party table, as well as to any other party or perhaps a date night in. Eat them with chips, fresh baguette or crackers. Make them with any cheese you like. Coat them with any nuts, seeds or herbs. To make cheese balls, combine cream cheese like Philadelphia or any other soft or cottage cheese with the cheese you like, add dried fruits, herbs or nuts, form balls and roll them in ground nuts or herbs. Make them spicy by adding a pinch of chili powder or cayenne pepper. Make them crunchy by adding more nuts. Make them softer by adding soft goat cheese. Experiment with flavors by adding different dried fruits or herbs like parsley, chives or dill. Here are three recipes to inspire you:
I wish you a happy and delicious New Year!