Bleu Cheese Ball

Yes, it’s time for another Secret Recipe Club post.  This month I was assigned Erin’s blog, The Spiffy Cookie.  Erin is a very busy young woman, who is working toward her PhD in Biomedical Sciences, and bakes and cooks almost daily.  She and I share a blogging M.O. in that we bring our baked goodies in to our work/lab mates so we can share the treats and the calories.    We also share a love of the peanut butter-chocolate combo.
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Had I seen her most recent post for Buckeye Cupcakes earlier, I probably would have selected the chocolate cupcakes with their buckeye candy stuffing and peanut butter frosting.  Another recent post that I am bookmarking is her recipe for individual baked pumpkin oatmeal—yum!

As I browsed Erin’s blog, I kept an eye out for recipes to make for the holiday season.  When I spotted this recipe for a bleu cheese ball and read the description, I eagerly looked forward to making it.  I’ve made several cheese balls in the past, and they’ve all had one thing in common–I never made them again.  I can say with 100% certainty that barring my getting run over by a truck I will be making this insanely delicious cheese ball whenever the opportunity presents itself!

There is really nothing out of the ordinary about the list of ingredients—but, let me tell you, the combination is out of this world!  The bleu cheese works a special kind of magic and elevates the other flavors into a special treat for your taste buds—without tasting overwhelmingly like bleu cheese.  It is so savory and lip-smacking good that I would describe it as “crazy good.”

I must warn you—do not make this cheese ball for, say, four people.  If you do, each of you will be in serious danger of consuming 25% of the cheese ball because you won’t be able to stop eating it once you have a taste.  Look at the ingredients and do the math.  The number of calories, not to mention saturated fat, would make a cardiologist cringe.  So plan on making it for at least eight people.  Ten would be even better.  And a veggie tray with a low calorie dip on the table as well would help balance things out.  Just saying…

One year ago:  Turkey Stuffing Sandwich

Bleu Cheese Ball

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Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened  (I used regular cream cheese.)
  • 4 oz. crumbled bleu cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar

Directions

Stir together butter, cheeses, onion and seasonings until well blended.  Press into a 2-cup mold or bowl lined with plastic wrap.  Chill at least 8 hours or overnight—you need to do this so that the flavors will “marry.”

Before serving, make topping:  Combine sugar and pecans in a non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray.  Cook until the sugar melts and the pecans begin to toast.  Add the bacon and stir.  Remove from heat and let mixture cool.

Invert cheese onto serving plate.  Press bacon-pecan mixture on top of cheese.  Serve with crackers or crostini.

Makes 1 cheese ball

Lip-smacking, drool-inducing, crazy good!

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Source:   A recipe from The Spiffy Cookie


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