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- Title: Cheese Balls: 40 celebratory and cheese-licious recipes
- Autor: Heami Lee
- Publisher (Publication Date): Chronicle Books (October 2, 2018)
- Language: English
Forget the cheese plate! A cheese ball is the perfect way to shake up the appetizer spread. This cheerfully cheesy cookbook with a die-cut cover and exposed spine collects more than 30 simple recipes for this retro treat as well as quick and easy dippers and toppings to serve alongside. There’s the classic Port Wine, the zesty Jalapeño Popper, the sweet Lemon Poppy Seed, the elegant Garden Herb, and many more. With cheese balls for every occasion and time of year, helpful tips for rolling the perfect ball and creating fun shapes, plus suggestions of what to serve alongside each recipe, Cheese Balls is a delicious party waiting to happen.
About the Author
Dena Rayess is a food writer and recipe developer. She lives in San Francisco.Heami Lee is a photographer based in New York City.
This a darling book that feels like it was hand-delivered by the 1970s. Retro and vintage lovers are going to adore it. And cheese lovers, but that should go without saying. The vibe of the cover picture and font are carried throughout. I never realized there were just so many kinds of cheeseballs out there, and I want to try them all. She gives some instructions on how to shape cheeseballs. When I read that the classic cheeseball recipe works really well in owl shape, I felt inspired and searched the web just to see what was possible in owl-shaped cheeseballs (wistfullywarped had cute ideas). It’s fun! Okay, here’s the benefit of hindsight: The problem is cheese gravity. Produce sculptures stay where you put them. Cheese is clearly alpha, and wants to be, at minimum, involved in the creative process. The owl is much tubbier than I was going for. Maybe he just has bad posture and is feeling uber relaxed in his nest. Yeah, I sort of do that in my chair at the kitchen table. Anyway, have fun, but expect spreading. My thoughts and pics of recipes I tried: 1 Classic Cheeseball – p 17. Cream cheese, cheddar and brie with a little Worcestershire and hot sauce, spices, and parsley. Loved it. It’s a little heavy on the Worcestershire, so I’ll tone that down a touch next time. 2) Nutella – p 47. This is a super creamy sweet and salty deliciousness with cream cheese and Nutella rolled in salty peanuts. Perfect with strawberries. 3) Jalapeno Popper – p 40. Great flavor. It’s mildly spicy. Roasty toasty jalapenos blended with cream cheese and pepper jack, rolled in toasted panko and topped with fried jalapenos. She does this in a football shape and it’s really cute. I think you could take it a step further and cut the fried jalapenos to make those laces across the top. 4) Everything Bagel – p 70. I decided to make this one as little individual cheeseballs for breakfast. The cheeseball is coated in everything bagel topping. Yum! I bought little bagel chips, smoked salmon, tomato, and picked a little dill to go with it. 5) Ranch and Bacon – p 22. Just as it sounds. Ranch fans and bacon fans will love it! It called for 3 Tablespoons of ranch. I wasn’t sure if she was talking powdered or dressing. I went with powdered and it’s a nice strong flavor. Some others I have flagged to try: Spinach-Artichoke – p 19 * Horseradish – p 21 * Apple Pie – p 25 * Port Wine – p 28 * Horchata – p 45 * Garden Herb – p 53 * Pumpkin Pie – p 79 * Roasted Garlic – p 88 * Maple Bourbon – p 103 *I received a copy to explore and share my thoughts.