Mini Blue Cheese Balls and Friday Faves

by heidi on March 29, 2013

So, say someone was going to an Easter brunch and needed a little something to contribute to the feast of the bunnies. Something a little savory, easy to whip up because that egg hunt takes some time to finish and a dish that lets guests sneak a few bites popped right into their mouths in between sneaks of the chocolate covered eggs that ‘somehow’ found their way into the palms of their hands.

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I won’t be partaking of tulips and Easter Ham at a loved ones home this Easter, unless you count your loved ones as those who are bellied up to the sounds of ringing slot machines and the hoots and hollers of winners at the roulette wheel. But I bet I will find a buffet that will offer a little something to snack on, although nothing is as good as a home cooked meal made with love.

Unless its the 943,287 desserts that the hotel buffet offers up. That I most likely won’t pass by without taking full advantage of as I plot my escape plan to take another spin on the Wheel of Fortune machine. I can hear it now…”Wheel. Of. FOOOOOORRTUUNE.” It’s my Vegas vice. What can I say…

These little Mini Blue Cheese Balls are easy. Easy to make, easy to eat. Pair them with apple slices, dried fruit or some savory rosemary crackers to compliment the blue-ness and the savory side. And of course champagne. What’s a brunch without a little clink of the champs?

Mini Blue Cheese Balls

Yield: makes 30-34 cheeseballs

Mini Blue Cheese Balls

Ingredients

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
4 ounces (2/3 cup) Blue Cheese, crumbled
1 (4-ounce) can chopped black olives
2 green onions, chopped
6 ounces (1 ½ cup) White Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 cup pecans, chopped and toasted

Instructions

  1. Add cream cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce and pepper to large bowl. Mix with hand mixer for 1-2 minute or until smooth and well combined. Add crumbled Blue Cheese, olives, onions and and White Cheddar cheese and mix well.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment. Roll cheese mixture into 1-inch balls and roll in toasted pecans and place on baking sheet. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to overnight. Serve chilled or at room temperature with crackers or apples.
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Wishing you all a festive and frolic-filled Easter filled with egg salad sandwiches and chocolate bunnies. Happy Friday Faves!

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1. And to the egg salad. It’s that time of year to revisit my most controversial post ever:  the debate of Mayo vs. Miracle Whip in Egg Salad Sandwiches. Which camp do you mark your stand in?

2. I love seeing food bloggers create videos and this video from Joy is totally inspiring. Oh Joy, what else is new? I mean is there anything she touches that doesn’t inspire and bring a smile to your face? I’ve been working on a video I’ll be sharing with you guys in April and like most videos, while the footage is all important it all comes down to the song! My first video was a little more instructional, while this one will be more playful and finding the right accompaniment is hard! Flavia recently tweeted me asking if I had any suggestions on where to find good royalty free music. A friend who is helping edit my video suggested I check out Premium Beat (around $40 per download), InCompeTech and Jewel Beat (only .99 per song) and I think I finally found a winner.

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3. Most of you may have seen this populating Twitter feeds and Google + because Lori has created a definitive guide for food bloggers with her 150+ Links to Everything You Need to Know for Food Bloggers. Even if you’re blog niche isn’t food, there are amazing resources you must heed. Nice work Lori.

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4. We all know its egg time thanks to Easter, but do you know how to boil the perfect egg? I am still trying to perfect it so they peel right without stripping the white in big chunks. My latest major dilemma, any suggestions? Sandy shares her boiled egg basics plus a deviled egg round up that includes everything from edamame to bacon. Oh, twist my arm.

o-WARBY-5705. I love this new line of dog glasses, so smart and still stylish. My dogs definitely need some. Ha, right. Did we getcha? April Fool’s Day is Monday so what tricks are you going to pull? I like the idea of changing the language on my husband’s cell phone. Don’t worry, he won’t know, he doesn’t read this thing anyway. Here’s some awesome April Fool’s Day pranks to make you smile. And my dogs would look like rock stars pimping some Warby’s.

6. Will you be donating a post to The Giving Table: Food Bloggers Against Hunger?  I will. Join the cause and help families in need by creating awareness. Big thanks to Nicole for rounding this amazing group up.

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7. Easter. Hot Cross Buns. Kathryne shows us the way all the way from across the pond.

8. Google analytics, they are a hot mess of stuff I don’t understand but need to. This Google Analytics tutorial will definitely set my ship straight.

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9. This takes me straight back to 9th grade and my obsession.This pillow might be all it takes to persuade me to go off the wagon. Watch out, I might start singing to The Cars again too.

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10. Tweet of the week thanks to Tammy @runwithtweezers

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Posted in: appetizers and small bites,cheese,friday faves,recipes

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Bev @ Bev Cooks March 29, 2013 at 6:11 am

LOVE the eggs. LOVE the balls. Loved loved loved Joy’s video. That girl just does it.

Happy Easter, Heidi!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 29, 2013 at 7:12 am

The mini blue cheese balls are such a great idea! I love it!

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Cassie | Bake Your Day March 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

I’m more of a mayo girl than Miracle Whip. My husband is a Helman’s-only kind of person so that’s what we buy. I’d probably not turn down egg salad, regardless!

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking March 29, 2013 at 7:48 am

Have fun in Vegas! Win big! These little bites are so cute. I think in fact I am making them for an app! My little mini Grandma will love these. Also thanks for the blogging tips and Joy’s videos… Ugh, so gorgeous and inspiring!

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Elizabeth @Mango_Queen March 29, 2013 at 8:00 am

These mini cheese balls are fantastic ! I must try this one. Thanks for sharing these and the Fiday faves! Have a great Easter weekend!

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Nicole Gulotta March 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

Thank you so much for helping spread the word about Food Bloggers Against Hunger, and I’m so excited you’ll be joining!

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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Brilliant! I can definitely see myself making these mini cheese balls for parties, thanks Heidi!

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Tieghan March 29, 2013 at 8:04 pm

LOVE the blue cheese balls! Oh and Joy’s video made my week!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Love those cheese bites!

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Karista @ Karista's Kitchen March 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

Well aren’t these just the cutest!! I’d eat these for dinner :)

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Ali | Gimme Some Oven March 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

These blue cheese balls sound completely addictive. YUM!

And I’m excited to be participating in the Food Bloggers Against Hunger. Awesome.

Have a great time in Vegas!! :)

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Kathryn March 31, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Belated thanks for the hot cross bun love! I hope you and your family have had a wonderful Easter : )

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen April 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

I’m a Miracle Whip gal and my husband is Hellman’s guy all the way. So we keep both in the house…and rarely get through a bottle before it expires lol

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ashley - baker by nature April 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm

How am I just finding this amazing blog of yours?! I’m love struck.

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Azzira April 2, 2013 at 4:01 am

This is fantastic stuff heidin great job.
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Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out April 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I will not make a joke about blue balls, it just wouldn’t be appropriate…I will not…

…apologies for my inappropriate brain. To be fair, there’s nothing I love more than a good cheese ball. Yum.

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heidi April 3, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Oh, you are not the only one to go there :)

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