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cheese ball tips & tricks

Is there another appetizer besides a cheese ball that you can prep in 10 or 15 minutes that serves 16 guests when you’re having a dinner party? We have tips & tricks for making it even easier, from advice on how to soften cream cheese to the best way to make this quick appetizer ahead of time. In addition to being the perfect cold appetizer on its own, a cheese ball is perfectly suited to a cheese plate, too. No matter where you serve it, you’ll have happy guests.

Entertaining with Cheese Balls

  • Cheese balls are a must-have for any holiday party. There are lots of different flavor variations to choose from and most of them can be made in advance and simply plated with crackers before serving. From the classic Party Cheese Ball to the more trendy Holiday Cheese Truffles, you will find something to please any party go-er.

Cheese Ball Tips

  • Before shaping your cheese ball, make sure the mixture has been refrigerated the recommended amount of time. It will make forming the ball easier and the mixture will be less sticky.
  • Add color and crunch to your cheese ball platter this year by adding fresh vegetables along with Nabsico crackers.
  • The classic finishing touch to most cheese balls is rolling in chopped nuts. If the recipe does not call for it already, consider toasting the nuts to add crunch and intensify their flavor. To toast nuts in the oven, spread nuts in single layer in shallow baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 10 to 15 min. or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Make sure PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese is softened before mixing in the additional ingredients. To soften cream cheese, place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 10 sec. or just until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of cream cheese.
  • If you are purchasing PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese in advance of preparing your cheese ball, make sure you store it properly. Cream cheese should be stored under normal refrigeration temperatures of 40°F at all times. Return to the refrigerator immediately after use. PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese should be used within 10 days after opening.

Holiday Cheese Balls

  • Who needs a centerpiece for the appetizer table when you can create one of these Christmas-themed cheese balls? Whether you choose the Antipasto Wreath, Snowman Cheese Ball, or Pinecone Cheese Spread, your holiday table will have never looked more festive and your guests will be impressed.

More Ideas for Cheese Balls

  • Since variety is the spice of life, consider changing the ingredients to create different flavor combinations. Many of the cheese ball recipes have variation instructions listed in the tips portion at the bottom of the recipe.

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