Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Southwest Cheese Ball Appetizer

Southwest Cheese Ball | Cooking on the Front Burner

Are you feeling a bit withdrawn from watching football and munching on some appetizers?  Yes, sadly for some, football season is and I think there is only bowling on TV on Sunday afternoons or re-runs of Pirates of the Caribbean, probably some chick flicks and or course, there is always HGTV.  Or in my case, I'm probably watching reruns of Law & Order SVU for the umpteenth time!  (The DIY Guy always jokes that maybe it will turn out different this time.)  Well, even though you might not be munching much on Sunday afternoons, you may have an occasion where you need to bring an appetizer somewhere.  That is why I'm sharing this Southwest Cheese Ball.   In fact, we did have a place where I needed to bring an appetizer and....

unfortunately I forgot it at home!  This past weekend we were invited to some friends cabin about 4 hours away in "up-north" Minnesota.  There were 4 couples and we were all bringing food to share.  I knew I wanted to bring a salad and a quick appetizer so I whipped up this cheese ball.  I wrote down a list of what I needed to put in the car and even checked it off before we left.  Then when I went to pull it out on Saturday, it was nowhere to be found - oh well!  As you can imagine, we had more than enough food anyway but I was disappointed I forgot.  We had a great weekend just hanging out, going to the local bar, playing some pull tabs, shopping and of course - eating!  It was nice to get out of town for a bit to break up the winter.

We have been enjoying this cheese ball at home the last couple of days.  Hopefully next time, it will make it to its destination!

Southwest Cheese Ball

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 3-4 hours
Yield 1 cheese ball
Inspired from Boulder Locavore
  • 1 (8) ounce package of 1/3 reduced cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup prepared Mexican cheese blend (finely grated)
  • 3 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons green onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons pickled canned jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
  • ½ cup toasted sesame seeds
  1. In a medium bowl beat the cream cheese, Mexican cheese and butter until well mixed.
  2. Then beat in the milk and Worcestershire sauce until fully combined.
  3. On low speed beat in green onions and jalapeno peppers to combine.
  4. Place mixture in a sealed container in a refrigerator for a minimum of 3-4 hours
  5. In a small saucepan, add the sesame seeds over medium heat and stir occasionally until the seeds turn a golden brown - cool a bit then place on wax paper
  6. Shape the mixture into a ball. Roll ball in sesame seeds - let sit about 15 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve with your favorite crackers
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Southwest Cheese Ball | Cooking on the Front Burner

Southwest Cheese Ball | Cooking on the Front Burner

Southwest Cheese Ball | Cooking on the Front Burner


  1. Oh my that cheeseball is calling my name!! LOVE that knife too :)

  2. Aww, I would have been so disappointed not to have been able to try this cheeseball! Seriously, it looks stunning and I know it would taste amazing!

  3. I have never made a cheeseball, but I would love to try sometime! This looks so good!

  4. This sounds amazing! I love the sesame seeds on it!

  5. This would disappear quickly at any party! So pretty with the sesame seeds on the outside.

  6. I have never done this before but I have tried it many times. Your version looks great!

  7. This looks great! I love a good cheese ball!

  8. This looks divine! Can never have enough cheese!

  9. I absolutely love this, it looks so yummy! Totally pinning :) xo

  10. What a delicious flavor combo- I'm loving the addition of the pickled jalapenos!

  11. I love cheeseballs, so this looks so good!! Thanks for sharing!

    I just wanted to drop a note and invite you to come join us at Sunday's Simple Homemaker Link-Up. Would love to have you link-up!! http://www.prairiegalcookin.com/sundays-simple-homemaker-1st-weekly-link-up

  12. This looks awesome. I love the sesame seeds. :)


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