Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cheddar and Cranberry Cheese Ball

Up until a couple years ago, cheese balls repulsed me. That was, until I learned that they could be made from the three best ingredients: cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and butter. Then I realized cheese balls were my favorite food. I sent a couple of these with Chris to the office- they didn't last long. This recipe is from Martha, and she also has a couple other variations I want to try. Here is the link for Cheese Balls, 3 Ways.

And here is the Cheddar and Cranberry version:

1/3 stick of butter, softened
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. lemon juice
a couple dashes salt
1 dash pepper
8 oz. finely grated cheddar cheese
1 C. dried cranberries (craisins)

With an electric mixer, mix butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper until well combined. With big spoon or spatula, stir in cheddar cheese. Form into a ball with your hands, and roll in cranberries to coat. Serve with crackers.
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