In an effort to spice up our entertaining efforts, we dipped into our arsenal to rethink the kitschy--yet lovable--party staple: the cheese ball. We combined cream cheese, sharp cheddar and just a bit of blue, but you can substitute any combination of mild and sharp cheeses. Finely chopped pickled peppadew peppers pack a pimento cheese-style twang and a hint of festive color. Pair with water crackers and cross one more item from your party to-do list. For even more cheese ball action, click here to view a step-by-step cheese ball-making video from Tasting Table and our television partner, Plum TV.
Pickled Pepper Cheese BallRecipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: Serves 12
Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 2 hours for chilling)