Pantry Raiders | Satisfy with a simple, spicy app

By NewsLine Staff

Hosting often involves serving food, and the following recipe for “Spicy Cheese Balls” from A.J. Rathbun’s “Party Snacks!” (Harvard Common Press) is sure to please hosts who want to serve their guests an hors d’oeuvre that’s simple but spicy.

Spicy Cheese Balls

Makes 35 to 40 bite-sized balls


1 8 oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 cup finely chopped walnuts

  1. Put the cream cheese, cheddar, garlic, parsley, cayenne, black pepper, and salt in a food processor. Process for 5 to 10 seconds, until well blended. Scrape mixture into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Spread the chopped walnuts on a plate. Shape the cheese mixture into 35 to 40 small cheese balls, each about the size of a large marble. Roll each cheese ball in the walnuts, coating the outside (you may want to press a little to ensure sticking).
  3. Serve the cheese balls on a large platter. You can put a toothpick in each ball, but you could also surround them with crackers and let guests use their hands. It all depends on what kind of party you’re having.


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Spicy Cheese Balls