jj (gemsweater) wrote in healthyfoodie,
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chees[z]eball

Hey folks! I've got a recipe request. Does anyone have a recipe for a vegan cheeseball? They make a really amazing one at a local vegan restaurant and I want to attempt to duplicate it. I imagine the recipe would involve extra-firm tofu and nutritional yeast... but that's all I've got so far.

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
dash salt
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.

MY NOTES:
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.
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For another good non-vegan cheeseball, I mix crumbled gorgonzola with cream cheese, form into a ball, and then roll in shredded sharp cheddar. Thoroughly unhealthy if you're avoiding fat, but tasty as all get-out.