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Cheese Ball Bites Are the Ultimate Make-Ahead Party Appetizer

Mini Cheese Ball Bites
PREP TIME
15 min
COOK TIME
15 min
YIELDS
24 balls

Your favourite party-perfect appetizer made mini! A simply adorable starter for the holiday season, these mini cheese balls are easy to put together and can be rolled in a variety of delicious ingredients. Serve with fresh bread for spreading, and you’re set for festive entertaining. No time? Make your gathering even easier by preparing and rolling the cheese ball bites (without coatings) up to two days ahead (wrap and refrigerate). When guests arrive, roll in your desired coatings, then dive right in.

 

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Ingredients

Cheese Ball Bites

1 ½
cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1
brick (250g) cream cheese, softened
2
green onions, minced
1
tsp paprika
tsp cayenne pepper

Coating

3
Tbsp chopped, toasted walnuts
3
Tbsp chopped dried cranberries
3
Tbsp chopped crispy fried onions
3
Tbsp minced chives
3
Tbsp (3 strips) cooked, crumbled bacon
3
Tbsp roasted sunflower seeds

Serving

Sliced fresh baguette
Crostini
Crackers
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Directions

Step 1

For the cheese ball bites, in a large bowl, stir together cheddar cheese, cream cheese, green onions, paprika and cayenne pepper. Form mixture into 24, 1 Tbsp balls (tip: dampen hands with a little water if mixture is sticking).

Step 2

For the coating, roll 4 balls into walnuts, pressing lightly to adhere, and place on a serving platter. Repeat with remaining balls and coatings (4 balls per 3 Tbsp of topping).

 

Step 3

Serve finished cheese ball bites with fresh baguette, crostini or crackers.

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