Mini Basketball Cheese Balls

Mini Basketball Cheese Balls

The excitement of college basketball tournament season is the perfect excuse to take your cheese snacking game to the next level. Cheer on your favorite team with these Mini Basketball Cheese Balls.

A classic cheese ball mixture of Wisconsin cream cheese, Wisconsin sharp cheddar, chives and Worcestershire sauce gets a game day makeover. Individual-size cheese balls are rolled in crushed cheese puffs to resemble mini basketballs.

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For the perfect presentation, transform your slate cheese board into a basketball court scene. Use chalk or non-toxic chalk markers to draw the lines on the court — use a ruler, large bowl and small cup as guides (check out the how-to in the video below!).

Mini Basketball Cheese Balls
Servings: Makes 15 mini cheese balls
Prep time: 20 minutes
 
Ingredients:

1 package (8 ounces) Wisconsin cream cheese, softened
2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups cheese puff snacks
 
Directions:

In medium bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar, chives, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well with electric mixer or wooden spoon. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
 
Place cheese puffs in food processor or blender. Process to fine crumbs. Place in small shallow bowl and set aside.
 
Prior to serving, remove cheese mixture from refrigerator. Roll heaping tablespoons into balls and coat in cheese puff crumbs. Serve with pretzel sticks or crackers.

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