For a fun and different presentation for cheese balls, try my cheese pops. The brandy and dates add sweetness, while the almonds and bacon add a complementary crunch
What You Need:
(Makes: 2 dozen or 24 servings)
2 cups (8 ounces) of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of butter, softened
1 package (3 ounces) of cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon of brandy
1 cup dates, finely chopped
1 package (2-1/4 ounces) of sliced almonds, chopped and toasted
12 bacon strips, cooked and finely crumbled
24 lollipop sticks
What to Do:
STEP 1) In a small bowl, beat the cheddar cheese, butter, cream cheese and brandy until well blended. Stir in dates.
STEP 2) Shape into twenty-four 1 inch balls. Place almonds and bacon in separate shallow bowls. Roll half of the cheese balls in almonds; roll remaining balls in bacon. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
STEP 3) Insert lollipop sticks into cheese balls. Serve with crackers.
STEP 4) Happy Holidays & Enjoy!