1 8 ounce package cream cheese 1 cup finely shredded Gouda cheese (4 ounces)
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce for chicken
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion (1)
2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried dillweed
1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds
Assorted crackers and/or flatbread
1. In a large bowl let cream cheese, Gouda, and butter stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add milk and Worcestershire sauce. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Stir in green onion and dill. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
2. Before serving, shape cheese mixture into a ball. Roll ball in nuts and let stand 15 minutes. Serve with crackers or flatbread. Makes about 30 (1-tablespoon) servings.
Prepare as above in Step 1. Shape cheese mixture into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, thaw the cheese ball in the refrigerator overnight. Unwrap and roll in nuts. Let the cheese ball stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
Variation Prosciutto-Basil Cheese Ball:Prepare as above, except substitute finely shredded fontina cheese for the Gouda cheese; stir in 2 ounces chopped prosciutto and 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil with the green onion and omit the dill. Substitute chopped toasted pine nuts for the almonds. If desired, serve with apples, crackers, or flatbread.
Variation Spicy Taco Cheese Ball:Prepare as above in Step 1, except substitute finely shredded taco cheese for the Gouda cheese, stir in 2 tablespoons bottled chopped jalapeno chile peppers with the green onion, and omit the dill. Substitute 1/2 cup crushed corn chips for the almonds.
Variation To make logs:Divide recipe into 4 portions and shape accordingly.
(Source: Better Homes and Gardens)