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28 December, 2008

Bonnie's Cheese Ball...or...An Old Family Recipe

I am going to share a recipe with you that we have had in my family for about 50 years. It came from my mother's friend Bonnie so we have always called it Bonnie's Cheese Ball. I honestly remember the first time I tasted it as a little girl. It's that good! I have never known anyone who didn't love it. It's a staple at my family's Christmas celebration.

Bonnie's Cheese Ball
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 (4 ounce) package bleu cheese
6 ounces grated extra sharp cheddar cheese (I use Cracker Barrel)
1 tablespoon freeze dried chives
1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic salt (to taste)
chopped pecans
paprika
1 olive

Let the cheeses soften at room temperature. Mix together adding the chives. Add the garlic salt to taste starting with about 1/2 teaspoon. Mine usually wind up with about a teaspoon. Even if you think you've added too much, you probably have not. Drop the mixture onto wax paper and refrigerate until it is easier to handle. I usually divide the recipe into 2 balls because one is usually enough and the other one freezes great! Take them out of the fridge and form them into nice round balls. Roll them on a plate where you have put the pecans and the paprika until they are covered. I usually have to shake on a little extra paprika to make them pretty. Top each with 1/2 olive to decorate. I always serve them with Nabisco Sociables crackers.

I hope you enjoy it! You can see that my family was well on their way to doing away with this one. I try to keep an extra one in the freezer. If you are invited to someone's house, just take it out about a day ahead and bring along some crackers...instant appetizer! I am going to serve it at my special Southern-style New Year's Day dinner. We Southerners have to have our black-eyed peas and collard greens. But more about that later.... Happy New Year!!

36 comments:

  1. Oh Debbie! YUMMMMM! This looks so good! I'm saving the recipe.

    Thank you for visiting! What kind of dogs does your daughter have?

    Happy New Year!
    Diane

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  2. That cheese ball looks & sounds good. I only eat like 1 of each - black eyed peas & collard greens b/c I don't like either of them....they're probably too healthy for me! Have a happy New Year!
    Penny

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  3. P.S. Love that plate up there! My background has been messing up today, so I'll have to change it when I return.

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  4. Hi friend! I absolutely love the new look of your blog and love that plate. It makes my mouth water. heehee Speaking of moth watering... I have saved the cheese ball recipe. Cole's birthday is Tuesday and I am having family over for dinner and birthday cake. I am gonna fix this one. BTW, I love your little assistant. So efficient looking. You just can't find good assistants these days. LOL My "pooger" is on the blitz so I'm not sure how much I will be around if I can't fix it myself. Can't access micasa without a freeze out. Sigh! Hope you're having a great day! Hugs, Barb

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  5. Oh Debbie this looks so YUMMY Girl..and also I love your new blog dress just beautiful Debbie..I need to think about some new clothes for mine..Hope you have a safe a nd blessed year to come dear friend..you so deserve only the best life has to offer...hugs and smiles Gloria

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  6. OOOOH Deb, this looks yummy.My son #2 loves cheese balls I will havet to make it for him.I bet he would even like to try and make it.Thank you for sharing,Hugs Kathysue

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  7. Somehow bleu cheese has never crossed my lips. Never had it growing up, that was always cheddar or American processed. I did try Gouda at a friend's house, and occasionally buy that now. I will buy some bleu cheese the next trip to the grocery and definitely give this recipe a try, though for two, I'll probably cut the recipe in half. A 50+ year track record speaks volumes.

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  8. Hi Glenda...Yes, cutting it in half is entirely possible. I hope you like it. I love it...but I am a HUGE fan of bleu cheese and an even bigger fan of roquefort cheese. I could eat them straight...and have. If you do decide to make it, let me know what you think. Happy New Year!! Debbie

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  9. Debbie, this just sounds sooooo good. I am collecting so many new recipes this season. What a treat. Thanks, Hugs, Marty

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  10. Sounds yummy;) Hope you had a great holiday;) French

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  11. Hi Debbie, ~Yummmeee!

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It sounds perfect for a Southern Living or Pampered Chef party if I host one soon.
    So pretty too!

    I haven't tried the Cappachino in the Keurig yet but we plan too. You're right they are very similiar machines.
    We are lovin' it so far. I was so surprised he snuck out and got it.
    ~Melissa :)

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  12. Debbie, I love your new blog look. I don't normally collect anything. That may change if I keep visiting your blog. I am loving the dishes. The cheeseball looks wonderful.
    Hugs, Terrie

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  13. Oh Debbie, this looks delicious. I know DH would love it..as well as the grandson. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll have to ask him about black eyed peas and collard greens. I know he use to want them, not sure about now, his appetite has changed so much... hope you're enjoying a super evening..hugs ~lynne~

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  14. hubby is going to shop for ingredients..yeah me LOL

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  15. Yum! Have to try this one...if I ever recover from Christmas! :-) Susan

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  16. Debbie this sounds wonderful. I may try it for New Years. By the way, love the new blog look. Kathy

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  17. Hi Debbie...did you hear me say, "WOW"...when I clicked on your blog? The background & header were made just for you!! We always have black-eyed peas for New Years...have you heard about cooking cabbage with an OLD coin wrapped in foil? It's supposed to bring wealth...well, don't bother, I tried it & I'm still looking for that ship to come in...LOL, ;-) Bo

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  18. This looks SERIOUSLY scrumptous!!!! I love cheese more than any other foods...so I'm definitely trying this!
    Thanks for the visit at RMS! Hope you're having a relaxing and fun holiday season! L~

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  19. Debbie, thanks so much for swinging by to celebrate our Anniversary with us. It means the world. Today is a far different day than 30 years ago was. It promises to be almost 60..I'll take that over snow any old day..lol
    hugs ~lynne~

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  20. Looks like a perfect New Year's appetizer...looks delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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  21. Debbie, I love your new blog look! So pretty. Of course the plate in the header just blew me away. I have saved this cheese ball recipe and will definitely be trying it. Thanks so much for sharing. laurie

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  22. Hi Debbie!
    This cheese ball recipe looks delicious! I may try it for our New Year's Day party.
    Smiles,
    Carol

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  23. Je vous remercie pour votre gentillesse, mon nouvel ami. Votre visite me fait toujours très plaisir!

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  24. that looks wonderfully yummy! It would go great with "turds" lol
    see you next year girlie!

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  25. The cheese ball looks yummy and I'll have to try it for the my next party.

    LOVE your blue and white plate -- MY favorite!

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  26. Bonjour !

    I saw the name of your blog on Miss Janice's blog - I couldn't help but comment ....loved the title Prof en Retraite - that's what I'd love to be LOL - but unfortunately I've got 13 years left.
    I also love all things French - including my hubby :)

    Lovely to have found your blog !
    Cheers,
    Bre
    http://chantillygrace.blogspot.com/

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  27. Debbie dear Friend thanks for coming by my BLUE Monday..and Yes I have allot of Blue dishes...oh wait what am I talking about I have allot of all colors of dishes..can't have too many shoes or dishes you know..hugs and smiles Gloria

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  28. This sounds sooooo good! I will definitely be saving this recipe...for my Prince! Thank you for sharing!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY NEW DREAMS COME TRUE!

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  29. Debbie, good morning my friend. I was delighted to have you stop by the tablescape. It was so much fun to put together. Naturally, I had my "little" helper the grandson help tweak each and every object that went on the table. That made it even more fun...lol
    hugs ~lynne~

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  30. Debbie. ((hugs)) What time should I be there :) I LOVE cheese balls. Yummmmmy. I also love Christmas/Fruit cake (especially with marzipan)
    Mmmmmmmmm. We should all have an ugly/cute Christmas sweater and cheese ball party one day. Can you imagine. Heaven!!

    Thse are my dear friends that I have Christmas Eve dinner with.
    Anne and I have been friends since we were 15 and 16.These

    This is my family.

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  31. OH OH OH - I just noticed your new pics of your furkids. Awwwwww....soooo sweet.

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  32. GIRL,I HAVE GOT TO TRY THIS.IT LOOKS AND SOUNDS AWESOME.THANK YOU,SWEET DEB.HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO...ANN

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  33. Hi Debbie...

    Thanks so much for stopping by my place...I wished that I could really take credit for fixing my blog problems...hehe!!! Seriously, I fell into the answer quite by accident!

    Well my friend...after reading all about your cheese balls and omelets...I'm starved...hehe!!! I really enjoyed reading those posts...especially your rendition of "turning the pan" etc...while making that yummy omelet!!! You sure put a smile on my face...you're a darling!!!

    I also wanted to tell you that I love your new blog decor...Ooooh...love the French Blue!!! It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas with your family...I'm sending you my very best wishes for the coming New Year...May the Lord bless you and your family with all that you need!!!

    Love ya my friend,
    Chari

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  34. Well, you have a new look for your blog...I love it--very classy! This recipe looks soooo good...thanks!

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  35. Wanted to let you know that I made this for our New Year's Eve at home here last night and it was a big hit! Delicious!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie