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Party Time: Our Favorite Cheese Balls

Cheese balls. Even the words evoke a party. Katie here, prompting you to consider this season of get-togethers as an opportunity to try out a few of our best cheese ball recipes. We’ve gathered them all here, and recently I gave a few a test-run for a work party. I’ll tell you our favorite (and our favorite dippers) at the end!

I made these three:

The recipes are available here:

Bacon-Cheddar Cheese Balls

Chutney Cheese Balls

Dilled Onion Cheese Balls

Since I’m likely to forget an ingredient unless I plan, I printed each recipe and laid out the supplies. (Not a necessary step, I know, but it made me feel better as I chopped, measured, mixed, and poured.):

 

Each of these recipes makes a party-size portion (think 30 or so servings), so I cut the recipes into thirds since our party was smaller and I was making three cheese balls.

 

Mixing was fun; each cheese ball took on a life of its own with its savory, sweet, or spicy add-ins:

 

Ensure you have lots of chill time before the party; each cheese ball needs to bank a few hours in the fridge before you roll them (don’t worry, each recipe explains more).

 

My hands were too gooey to take pics, but you get the idea from the finished products:

 

Next, I wanted party-goers to know what they’re eating so I doodled on scrapbook paper and taped a toothpick to the back to make these handy guides:

And what’s a cheese ball without yummy dippers? I recommend crunchy veggies and, the party’s favorite, Melba crackers:

What fun! Each party-goer weighed in on their favorite. The results? Bacon Cheddar emerged victorious. C’mon, why would you ever bet against bacon?