For the holidays, I teamed up with Collective Bias® and Price Chopper for this sponsored post featuring two easy cheese ball recipes: one for the kids and one for the adults!
What does holiday entertaining in your house look like? When I was younger, it was always a small event. My mom, dad, and little sis would hang out by the fireplace and enjoy a nice, quiet Christmas Eve waiting for the first sign of Santa Claus. Speaking of waiting for Santa Claus, does anyone else remember watching the NORAD radar that tracked Santa’s movements around the world? I remember being glued to the tv (this was before the internet!) waiting for updates on where Santa was at that very instant. Ah, good memories! Occasionally, we’d have grandparents or maybe a couple of family friends join us for drinks and tasty holiday recipes. All in all, those family gatherings were quiet, but really fun!
Fast forward a few years to when I married a great gal and her huge Italian family. Wait, did I say huge? I meant gigantic. Christmas Eve celebrations now involve 20-30 adults and loads of kids. And everyone is running around talking at the same time. Needless to say, it’s a bit different than the holiday celebrations that I knew as a kid. But these gatherings are great! It took some adjustment to get used to them, but now I actually look forward to the craziness that is the holidays with my wife’s gigantic, Italian family.
Regardless of how many people are there, holiday celebrations almost always involve adults, kids, and lots of tasty foods to nibble on. So this year, I teamed up with Price Chopper to create two recipes: one adult version and one kid-friendly version. Whether its a big party or a small get-together, cheese balls are always a hit, so I knew recipes for tasty cheese balls were in order here!
For the kid-friendly cheese ball, I went with a classic Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheese Ball. But the sweet bites don’t stop there! I used Pillsbury’s Refrigerated Pizza Dough to make Cinnamon-Sugar Crisps to use as “dippers” for this cheese ball. I don’t know about you, but any bite than includes chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon, and sugar is pretty high on my list!
For the adult-friendly cheese ball, I decided to go with some stronger flavors. This Toasted Walnut Blue Cheese Ball is delicious and perfect for the older crowd at the party! I know blue cheese is a strong flavor, and I actually recommend using a strong, creamy blue cheese in this recipe. The blue cheese is mellowed by the cream cheese, so you actually want a stronger (or as my wife calls it…”stinkier”) blue cheese. (I only recently discovered a love for blue cheese, and I’m still working on acquiring a taste for stronger blue cheeses…and I found this cheese ball to be quite tasty!) Instead of plain crackers, I used Pillsbury’s Refrigerated Crusty French Load to make little toast points to use as dippers. If you really want to take this Toasted Walnut Blue Cheese Ball to the next level, drizzle some honey over the toast points and also include ginger snaps and pears as dippers. Ginger, honey, and blue cheese? Say what? Just trust me on this one!
My local Price Chopper is right around the corner from me, and I do almost all of my holiday shopping there. Last time I was out, I swung by and picked up a couple packs of Pillsbury refrigerated bread and pizza dough as they make great (and easy) dippers for all sorts of holiday appetizers. And now I can’t wait to use them to dig into these cheese balls!
For more holiday recipe inspiration, take a look at the Pinterest board below!