Party magnet from Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South (page 138) by Vivian Howard

  • scallions
  • goat cheese
  • dates
  • parsley
  • pecans
  • cream cheese
  • blue cheese
  • hot sauce

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  • hirsheys on December 26, 2019

    Unfortunately, my family wasn't terribly into this one, though I think they just might not like cheese balls. I personally liked the combination of flavors, though I'm not sure I need to make it again.

  • Bloominanglophile on January 05, 2019

    I am not a big blue-cheese fan, but this is delicious! I love the hit of sweetness that the dates give to the cheese mix--would like to try dried cranberries in the future and see if that works, too. I did double the recipe and froze one, pecans and parsley included. This was fine, also, but next time I would just freeze the cheese mix and freshly roll in the pecans and parsley before serving. I do like her method for the roasted pecans--nibble-worthy by themselves. I plan on exploring roasting the pecans with various smoked salts in the future (not for the cheese ball per se).

  • stockholm28 on December 10, 2018

    With the dates, scallions, and butter-toasted pecans, this is really an elevated cheese ball. I thought it was excellent. I agree with some of the other suggestions to double the recipe and make a couple.

  • mamacrumbcake on November 28, 2017

    This was very good and a lot easier to make than I thought it would be. I took it to a party that had 20 other appetizers and this was completely devoured. The amounts for all the cheeses is so small that next time, I will double or triple the recipe and freeze it. I would also increase the scallions because I think it would be even better if the onion flavor came a bit more to the foreground.

  • DKennedy on February 26, 2017

    On the holiday special, season 2

  • SheilaS on February 11, 2017

    These cheese balls freeze beautifully so it's well worth making more. I usually make a triple recipe. Every time I bring one to a party, I get lots of requests for the recipe. The goat and blue cheeses make it a bit different from most.

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