Maple-Garlic Cheese Ball
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- Ready In:
1 large ball
- Mix first 4 ingredients in small bowl.
- Push into ball shape with spatula.
- Refrigerate until firm.
- Quickly round into smooth ball with hands.
- Roll in pecans.
- Cover and refrigerate.
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I made this for a last minute family barbecue and everyone seemed to love it. The only reason I'm giving it 4 instead of 5 stars is that I served it as a Cheese Bowl, rather than ball. I don't think I refrigerated it long enough to get the consistency to be able to shape it, so I followed Twissis' method of doing it in a bowl, however it didn't seem to want to come out in a "ball" either so I just added the pecan/parsley mixture on the top and served in the bowl (see pictures). Maybe if you could add some more specific directions as to how long it should refrigerate to firm up properly? Mine was in the fridge for about 2 hours before I put it in the bowl, then another 3-4 after that but still didn't feel firm enough to safely turn into a ball that would stand on it's own. In case it makes a difference for someone else, I sued low fat Philadelphia cream cheese, Becel margarine (my mom and I think that was the problem since butter will harden more than margarine when cooled) and 100% pure maple syrup (I'm in Canada so we get the good stuff =) Other than the shaping issues, the flavour was great, not a whole lot of maple, but a nice sweetness that made it a bit different. I'll definitely experiment with this one some more!
My cheese balls are usually oddly shaped & ugly. Not sure why, but I am just not good at it. So I made your recipe as written, but used my method to form a "ball". Using parsley + pecans for the outside layer. I sprayed a ramekin w/PAM, put a layer of the pecan-parsley mix in the bottom, put the cheese mix over it & chilled that dude. I unmolded it when firm & pressed the pecan-parsley mix into the sides. W/cosmetic touches, it was perfect! All that said, it is tasty, an easy fix & has an ideal sweetness level. I will prob add more garlic or a bit of Tobasco to boost the savory flavor next time. DH & I enjoyed this as an at-home appy b4 dining out tonite. Made for the Aus/NZ Swap, thx for sharing your recipe w/us.