A party buffet hit: Bacon Cheese Balls
With every great party comes a great selection of snacks. These individual cheese balls are so easy to make, and will be a guaranteed hit among guests.
You will need (for 12 servings):
- 10 oz creams cheese
- 1.5 cups grated cheese
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper
- 4.5 oz bacon, chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup chives
- pretzel sticks
- Mix the cream cheese, grated cheese, garlic and spices in a large bowl. Using a small cookie scoop, form 12 balls from the cheese mixture. Place the balls on a tray and let them chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the coating: mix the bacon bits, pecans, and chives in a bowl. Roll each cooled cheese ball in the mixture so that it is thoroughly covered. Finally, add a pretzel stick "handle" and that's it!
As far as the coating goes, there is so much room for creativity. Feel free to use different nuts or spices to create a cheese ball that best suits your taste. Enjoy!