What are cheese balls?
Cheese balls are a mixture of soft cheeses shaped into a ball about 4 inches round, refrigerated, and covered with a mixture of nuts and other crunchy ingredients. Cheese balls are typically served with crackers or crudité.
How do you make cheese balls?
Cheese balls are traditionally made with two kinds of cheese – cream cheese (or another soft cheese like quark cheese, mascarpone or ricotta) and a grated semi-soft or semi-firm cheese like cheddar, colby cheese, monterey jack cheese, or muenster. Most any kind of cheese will work as long as it's not strictly a grating cheese like parmesan or cotija. While at room temperature, the cheeses are combined with other ingredients for flavor and then mixed or whipped until smooth. Once blended, the mixture is shaped into a ball and chilled. Once hardened, the cheese ball can be rolled in nuts and other crunchy stuff.
Who invented cheese balls?
Legend has it that a Massachusetts farmer created the first cheese ball in recorded history in 1801 and presented to President Jefferson at the White House. It is said to have weighed 1,235 pounds. The appetizer-sized version of this dish became popular in the late 1940s after a recipe was published in a well-read cookbook.
How long do cheese balls last?
The answer depends on the expiration date of your ingredients, of course, but generally, cheese balls can last 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.