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Rating: 3.57 stars
410 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 102
  • 4 star values: 116
  • 3 star values: 120
  • 2 star values: 56
  • 1 star values: 16

Make all 3 flavors of cheese balls or prepare just 1 or 2, adjusting the ingredients accordingly.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2005

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
10
Yield:
Makes three 4-inch cheese balls
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Ingredients

Base Recipe
Cheddar and Cranberry
Roquefort and Walnut
Goat Cheese and Scallions

Directions

Basic Cheese Ball
  • Put butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and pepper into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until combined. Divide equally among 3 medium bowls.

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Cheddar and Cranberry Cheese Ball
  • Stir cheddar cheese and chutney with base mixture in the first bowl. Form into a ball. Roll cheese ball in cranberries to coat before serving. Serve with crackers.

Roquefort and Walnut Cheese Ball
  • Stir blue cheese and shallot with base mixture in second bowl; add brandy, if desired. Form into a ball. Roll in walnuts to coat before serving. Serve with chips.

Goat Cheese and Scallions Cheese Ball
  • Stir goat cheese and scallions with base mixture in remaining bowl. Form into a ball. Roll in parsley to coat before serving. Serve with cucumber slices.

Cook's Notes

If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month.

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Reviews (27)

410 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 102
  • 4 star values: 116
  • 3 star values: 120
  • 2 star values: 56
  • 1 star values: 16
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2019
I made all 3 last year. This year they are the most requested thing for me to bring. Very, very tasty!
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2014
I have made this recipe several times for various events - holidays, parties, book clubs, etc. - and they always get rave reviews. There's something for everyone in the flavor combos and it looks very impressive on a platter. Thank you Martha!
Rating: Unrated
12/23/2012
I made all three and they were fantastic! The only changes I made was skipping the butter and using reduced fat cheeses. My guests had no idea and still raved about them! The trick is to let the cheeses soften before mixing and they will blend beautifully. Wrap them in plastic wrap and let chill overnight to harden, then form into balls in the plastic and roll in the topping right before serving. I couldn't find beet chips so used sweet potato instead. Delicious and festive!
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12/29/2010
The cheddar and cranberry cheese ball came out fantastically and was a hit this holiday! I'm making it again for NYE. Very easy to make as well!
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12/10/2010
I made all of these as instructed and they came out great. I didn't have a problem with them melting at all. The chutney cheddar one was fantastic -- I used an onion apple chutney and it was perfect with the cheddar and cranberries.
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11/27/2010
I made all three of these . I divided each cheese ball recipe into thirds, (making 9 total) ,which meant that I used one set for a party the next day and froze the next six. They all have a great taste and I love the variety of things to spread the different cheese mixtures on. However, the only one that actually stayed in a ball was the cheddar-chutney-cranberry ball. The goat cheese one tasted great, but was incredibly soft and more or less melted, the roquefort one turned into soup!
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11/26/2010
I made these and they were really easy and perfect. They were large, as noted below the size of a grapefruit, not 4 inches as noted in the recipe. I would try and not use the butter and the cranberry needed a little extra something but not sure what. Hint?
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11/26/2010
Great recipe, makes 3 "softball" sized cheeseballs. Easy to make and a hit with the party!
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12/26/2009
I made these for a Christmas party. Next time I would skip adding the butter- a bit more spices were needed - but quite yummy
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11/23/2009
This has become a family tradition for Thanksgiving appetizers in my family. I have made it for the past 3 years now and everyone looks forward to it. A real crowd pleaser--thanks!
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02/23/2009
Highly recommend the goat cheese ball with cucumber. Mine was a little soft, so next time I'll either add a little more butter or give myself more time to refrigerate it. It went over really well even as more of a dip, rather than a ball.
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01/06/2009
I made these for a xmas party, and guests loved them. The three balls provide a nice variety of colors, textures, and flavors. They turned out much larger than I expected - each about the size of a grapefruit (cranberry cheddar was larger than the other two). Festive and yummy.
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12/25/2008
These were served last night and now here I am for the recipe! Absolutely delicious and they were VERY pretty!
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12/23/2008
All three were great! They were a big hit at my Christmas cocktail party. My favorite is the Cheddar cranberry cheeseball.
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12/17/2008
I can't wait to try the goat cheese ball with cucumber. Yum!
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12/17/2008
I can't wait to try the goat cheese ball with cucumber. Yum!
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12/12/2008
I've made these several times since the recipe was first published and they were always a hit! Yes, they do feed a lot of people. I froze what I didn't use and then thawed it and ate it a couple of weeks later. Still delicious!
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12/09/2008
this is a cheesy idea.
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11/26/2008
Love this! Very easy to make them and they all were really good!
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11/22/2008
I made this for a party and it was a huge hit. Not difficult, but does require a lot of dishes to make. Everyone had a favorite cheese ball. . .I highly recommend this for holiday parties. I would also say it would feed more than 8-10. We had 8 people and I had over 1/2 of each ball left.
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02/03/2008
Made only the goat cheese ball and it was a huge hit! Yummy! My brother asked why I had cucumbers with it instead of crackers and I told him to just try it. His face said it all...
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01/28/2008
I made the cheese balls 'bite size' and everyone liked them. just pop one into mouith and chew.
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01/02/2008
I've been making a super-simple version of this (that can be made lower fat) for years. Just mix two packages low-fat cream cheese or neufchatel with chopped green peppers, chopped pimento, garlic, and a little salt. Roll in chopped walnuts and you're done. My vegetarian daughter loves it!
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12/27/2007
very tasty and easy
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12/27/2007
it is very tasty and easy everybody liked it
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12/26/2007
I made this for my family's Christmas party and it was a huge hit! They especially liked the cheddar cranberry one.
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11/25/2007
excellent idea