Happy Almost Thanksgiving!
Hello everybody! Welcome to the Kitchen at Castle Baconia where your King of Bacon (yours truly) whips up some kind of bacon delight every Saturday for your EATING pleasure! Today I’m doing a wonderful and tasty Thanksgiving-ish cheeseball for a GREAT appetizer when you have your Thanksgiving meal this coming week. This has so many great ingredients in it you just can’t go wrong. In my case, my Mom – oops – I mean The Royal Mom – says this cheeseball has a lot of her favorite things all together; bacon, cranberries (she uses “Craisins”) and almonds. Ready?
- 8 oz. cream cheese softened
- 8 oz. white cheddar (or feta, goat cheese or gorgonzola – just a nice white cheese)
- 1/2 c. bacon cooked and crumbled (yep as usual you can use more bacon if you like)
- 1/2 c. dried cranberries (Craisins work great!)
- 1 Tbsp. cilantro finely chopped (as far as I’m concerned this is optional!)
- 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 c. almonds chopped
Whip softened cream cheese in a medium size bowl until it is creamy with no lumps.
Add white cheddar, bacon, cranberries, cilantro, and Worcestershire sauce and blend everything together.
Spoon mixture out onto a large piece of plastic wrap on the counter. Bring corners together and form mixture into a large ball. Place in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours until cheese ball becomes firm.
Once the cheese ball has set up, roll it in the chopped almonds until thoroughly coated.
Serve with sliced baguette bread or your favorite crackers.
EASY PEASY and oh so good!
What a great treat to serve your guests before the MAIN EVENT this week – the turkey or ham or WHATEVER dinner. And while I’m at it, I wish all of you a very wonderful Thanksgiving celebration and if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving – have a super week ANYWAY (and try this recipe!).
It’s good to be King………!