Monday, May 9, 2011

Irish Cheddar Cheese Ball

Since my oldest daughter Lindsey is moving to Dublin this month, we wanted to honor her with a big farewell party.   I decided to throw an Irish Farewell Shindig for her and the menu was... well... Celtic!   Made an Irish Cheddar Cheese Ball as part of the appetizers and it got rave reviews from everyone, so I had to share it.

Irish Cheddar Cheese Ball

  • 1 block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 C. Irish Cheddar Cheese, cubed
  • 1 1/2 C. white Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1/4 C Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh chives, minced
Directions:   In a large food processor, mix cream cheese, cubed cheddar, and shallots together until incorporated.   Add whiskey and salt and pepper and continue to mix until semi smooth.   Transfer to a large bowl.   Add additional grated cheddar cheese to whiskey cheese mix, stirring well and taste, adding more whiskey or salt and pepper if needed.   Cover with Saran Wrap and chill for at least an hour.   Roll cheese mixture into a ball and then roll through minced chives, so that the ball is coated.

Serve with toast or crackers.   Store left overs in the refrigerator, wrapped in Saran Wrap.


Tiffany said...

Boozy cheese! I'm in :D

the constant hunger said...

I would have never thought to add alcohol to cheese, but wow, this looks delicious. And so easy to make!

RavieNomNoms said...

OO what a great snack!!

CelticBella said...

What a wonderful recipe, I will be using it for sure. For the holidays try complimenting the green with a second cheese ball rolled in smoked paprika!

Stacey Rider said...

@nytefyre - I love your holiday idea... that is awesome!