Miniature Cheese Ball Appetizers – 3 ways (dill, cherries & pecans)

Time: 20 minutes

I love to make recipes “my way” – just a pinch or two of certain ingredients to classic recipes to make it our way. Often, I find I add dill, garlic or lemon… This recipe is so very simple and is a blast from the past with a twist on a good old fashioned cheese ball or log. However, I provide many suggestions for coatings that I thought I’d share with you and I hope you can try it and make it “your way”.

Music Selection: Frank Sinatra – My Way


1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 – 250 g cream cheese, room temperature

2 green onions, minced

1 tsp paprika

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Coatings: (Pick 3 or 4 of the coatings below – we used pecans, dill and dried cherries)

½ cup pecans, chopped finely

¼ cup dried dill

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

¼ cup sesame seeds

¼ cup dried cherries, chopped finely

¼ cup dried cranberries, chopped finely

¼ cup chopped fresh basil, chopped finely

¼ cup crispy bacon, chopped finely

¼ cup sunflower seeds

3 Tbsp lemon zest


Mix all of the cheese ingredients with a blender or by hand.

Let chill for about 30 minutes.

Roll into small balls of cheese – should make about 20 – 24 small balls.

Pick several coatings (we use 3 or 4) and roll 5 or 6 balls in one of the coating, then another 5 or 6 balls in another coating, etc until all the cheese is used up.

Serve on a tray with knives to spread. Serve with sliced baguette or crackers.

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