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Quick and easy appetizer: Mini cheese balls

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Most parties or gatherings have the same old appetizer choices: dips, cheese and crackers, meatballs, and fruit. Change that cheese ball recipe for the trendiest party food this season: mini cheese balls!

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Mini cheese balls are great for cocktail parties, office parties or other gatherings where appetizers are served. Instead of a big cheese ball that every has to cut in to (and you know fingers have touched that cheese ball), these mini cheese balls are individually sized; however there is nothing mini about the flavor!

Mini cheese ball recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tub (8 oz.) Cream cheese spread- onion and chive flavor
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, finely chopped (bacon bits work as well)
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans (or your choice of nut)

Directions:

  1. Mix cream cheese spread and mozzarella in medium bowl until blended. Stir in bacon and seasonings.
  2. Shape into balls, using 1 tsp. cheese mixture for each (Use a tablespoon for slightly larger balls).
  3. Roll in nuts.
  4. Chill at least 2 hours or overnight (the longer it chills, the more time the flavors have to mingle)

Play with different flavors that you prefer. Such as:

  • Try dry ranch seasoning, instead of dry Italian seasoning
  • Try sharp cheddar shredded, instead of mozzarella
  • Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce, or bbq sauce
  • Turkey bacon is a great substitute for regular bacon

This is a great appetizer because everyone gets their very own cheeseballs. No more messy knife accidents or quick finger holds when no one is looking. Mini cheese balls are definitely a current party trend!

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