I recently made a non-vegan cheeseball, which is good, but high in fat and not super nutritious. That said, I'd rather bring that to a party so there's a delicious non-sugary treat to eat. For me, it's more important to avoid sugar than to avoid fat.
I think the recipe for this decidedly non-vegan cheeseball falls slightly outside the scope of this community, but it is delightfully kitschy and really damn tasty so I'll
PARTY CHEESE BALL
2 packages 8 oz/230 g cream cheese
1 package 8 oz/230 g old cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp finely chopped onion
1 Tbsp finely chopped green pepper
2 tsp Worchestershire sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
dash cayenne pepper
chopped walnuts (optional)
Mix softened cream cheese with grated old cheddar cheese. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Shape into a ball and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. If desired, after refrigeration, roll in finely-chopped walnuts. Refrigerate until ready to use. Take out 1 hour before serving to allow it to soften a bit.
1. I misread the recipe and used only one package of cream cheese. It made a really great, strong cheeseball! Adding two packages of cream cheese would make the taste milder, I guess.
2. The kind of old cheddar I used is the kind that comes in the little tub -- you don't have to grate it, just soften it and add to the mix.
3. I didn't have green peppers so I used red instead. I think red is prettier, anyway!
4. I used light cream cheese, and it was delicious. Full-fat isn't necessary.
5. I didn't use walnuts because I live with someone who is allergic to nuts. The result isn't as pretty, but just as tasty!
6. In order to roll the cheese ball into a ball, wrap a portion of the mixture in a sheet of plastic wrap. Then you can kind of roll it around on the counter until it forms a satisfactory ball-shape, and put it directly in the fridge still in the wrap.
7. When I made the recipe I separated it into two balls, since it's a pretty large recipe.