Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Roquefort Cheese Ball

I'm not sure if a cheese ball screams party food or the 1970's, but in my book it just screams excellent snacking food.

After two years of falling asleep well before midnight, we actually had plans on New Year's Eve.  Us and two other couples, along with everyone's kids, gathered in the afternoon and partied well into the night.  We had enough food to feed an army - smoked pork ribs, potatoes, dips, dips and more dips, cupcakes, s'mores bars and of course drinks.

I'm in another food coma just thinking about it all.

This cheese ball recipe comes from a cookbook I received for Christmas, The Homesick Texan.  If you love Tex-Mex food this is the cookbook for you - holy yum!  From a gal who moved to NYC and dreamed of the Texas food she grew up with, she showcases everything in her new book.  It's lovely.

Roquefort Cheese Ball
*If you don't like bleu cheese, just swap with any soft cheese you like, maybe feta?  My cheese ball is adapted from this recipe.

16 oz. package of cream cheese
4 oz. of Roquefort cheese (or any other soft and creamy blue cheese)
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
2 clove of garlic, minced
2 cups of crushed pecans

Mix the cream cheese, Roquefort cheese, Worcestershire sauce and minced garlic until well blended. Roll into a long tube shape and refrigerate for at least an hour.  When chilled roll in the crushed pecans and keep chilled until served.

Serve with crackers.

I have to say yesterday, although tired from a full weekend, was relaxing.  My in-laws came down and watched the kids while the husband and I actually went out for a late lunch with NO KIDS.  We headed to one of our favorites, Granite City, and enjoyed a leisurely lunch, while taking in a college football bowl game.  Then headed to the grocery store (much to the husband's groans and moans) and stocked up on supplies.

For everyone who has kids and has family in the town they live in, please be appreciative of it!  Both of our parents live 1.5 hours away and we do not live in the town either of us grew up in, so babysitters are hard to come by.  A big thanks to the in-laws for letting us have a short afternoon break.

Guess what is coming next?

Cinnamon Vanilla Honey Butter
Spicy Taco Soup
Crispy Parmesan and Garlic Chicken


  1. Jolene (Everydayfoodie)January 3, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    The hubby and I were just talking about how much we love having our parents in the same city as us. Some of our friends live in the US, but their parents are in Canada, so they end up using a lot of their holiday time coming to boring cities in Canada to visit family. I love that I can see my family whenever I want, and then use holiday time to go somewhere cool!! LOL!

  2. Oh my goodness! One of my favorite appetizers are cheese balls. SO YUMMY!

  3. what a great idea to make it yourself, looks tasty.

  4. Happy New Year Ally! You had me at cheese . . . and I can't wait for your spicy taco soup!

  5. I love cheeseballs, and I love anything with blue cheese - I am pretty sure I'd love this!!