Festive Blue Cheese Balls

These Festive Blue Cheese Balls received rave reviews from my friends. Rolled in either dried cranberries or pistachios, they are a welcome addition to a cheese tray or appetizer platter!

Festive Blue Cheese Balls | A terrific appetizer for your next cocktail party!

Party Cheese Balls

A cheeseball surrounded by crackers is a staple at cocktail parties. Rolled in pecans, they usually have a cream cheese base and are filled with a variety of ingredients. For a twist, I’ve made these bite-sized and rolled them in dried cranberries and chopped pistachios! Both coatings add another texture to complement the creamy interior with a subtle pungency from the blue cheese. I served these to a group of my girlfriends over the lunch hour. Needless to say, they were a huge hit!

Festive Blue Cheese Balls | A terrific appetizer for your next cocktail party!

Nothing But Options!

This recipe is easily adaptable—use cheddar instead of blue cheese and roll in walnuts or try feta or goat cheese! Another option is to make a large cheese ball or even a log. Serve with crackers of your choice. My friends seemed to prefer those rolled in cranberries—the sweetness played well off the blue cheese. But I love the look of the two different coatings. Plus they’re all decked out for the holidays in red and green!

Festive Blue Cheese Balls

Serves Serves 10+     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Delectable bite sized blue cheese balls rolled in cranberries and pistachios

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • A dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • A dash of hot sauce
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese, I used Maytag
  • 1 tablespoon red currant jelly
  • Chopped pistachios and dried cranberries to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add first 7 ingredients (cream cheese through salt) to a mixing bowl. With a hand-held mixer, blend until smooth and well combined. Stir in blue cheese and jelly. Chill for about an hour.
  2. Roll into small balls, then roll into either pistachios or cranberries till coated.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 203kcal Calories from fat 182
% Daily Value
Total Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 195mg8%
Carbohydrate 3g1%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g
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Comments

  1. Love them.
    Wishing you Happy New Year

  2. They look so beautiful and festive!
    Happy New Year, Liz!
    Angie

  3. These cheese balls look delicious! Perfect festive appetiser! 🙂

  4. Anything cheese is great bit love the bite-sized format and the outside is so festive in color. Happy New Year.

  5. TheKitchenLioness says:

    Dear Liz, I love your presenation of these cute cheese balls – they sound utterly delicious – no wonder that they received rave reviews from your friends! And what festive colors too from the cranberries and pistachios!
    Wishing you and your lovely family a very Happy New Year and all the very best!
    Looking forward to many more of your delightful posts!
    Andrea

  6. I love a good cheeseball, and I agree with your friends — the combo of sweet dried cranberries and tangy blue cheese sounds fantastic. Happy new year, Liz!

  7. What a great idea to have ‘mini’ cheeseballs for appetizers! Love the blue cheese and cranberries together! Great recipe, Liz! Thanks for sharing it! (PS: I don’t know why I don’t get your posts by email anymore; maybe if you unscubscribe me and then I can try to re-subscribe, it might work).

    Roz

  8. These cheese balls look yummy. I love the cheese and cranberry combination. They are perfect for any party! Liz, I wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy New Year!!

  9. These cheese balls look fab Luz, and very festive in their red and green. Happy New Year!

  10. Love this recipe. These tasty bites are great for entertaining. They are festive and look delicious. Thanks for sharing and a very Happy New Year to you and your family.

  11. I love your serving dish, perfect for the cheese balls, or even truffles.

  12. What a great and nice idea Liz for a party or an aperitif!

  13. Gorgeous presentation and I think it’s time for a girlfriend gathering over here!

  14. Cranberries and blue cheese are a mighty combo! Great idea to make them bite size, too. Thank you for the recipe =)

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