Holiday Cheese Ball Bites

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.


Ingredients:

-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

  1. In a bowl, add cheeses, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix well. Freeze for 30 minutes.

  2. Place bacon crumbles, chives and nuts into a small bowl. Mix together and set aside.

  3. After freezing, portion and shape mixture into teaspoon-sized balls. Roll the balls around in the bacon mixture, coating completely.

  4. Place balls on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until company arrives.

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