Holiday season means setting out a cheese ball as an appetizer for guests. However, if you’re looking to keep all hors d'oeuvres single-serve, these individual serving cheese ball bites are perfect. Lay on a bagel chip, spear with a pretzel stick or just use a toothpick. Regardless, these savory mouthfuls are sure to keep guests happy as they await the main event.
-6 slices of bacon, precooked and chopped
-8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
-1 cup freshly shredded cheddar
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1 tsp paprika
-Salt and black pepper
-1/3 cup freshly chopped chives
-1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans -Bagel chips, pretzels or crackers for serving
In a bowl, add cheeses, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix well. Freeze for 30 minutes.
Place bacon crumbles, chives and nuts into a small bowl. Mix together and set aside.
After freezing, portion and shape mixture into teaspoon-sized balls. Roll the balls around in the bacon mixture, coating completely.
Place balls on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until company arrives.