April 17, 2013 is National Cheeseball Day
Did you know that the term cheeseball can actually refer to two very different foods? The first type of cheeseballs are the bright orange, marble-sized snacks that turn your fingers orange (very similar to cheese doodles). The second type is the kind you might serve with crackers at a party.
A traditional cheeseball appetizer includes ingredients like cream cheese, cheddar cheese, nuts, salt, pepper, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. Gourmet versions use bleu cheese, olives, pineapple, sherry, or smoked salmon. According to legend, a man named Elisha Brown Jr. pressed the first cheeseball at his farm in 1801. It weighed 1,235 pounds! He presented it as a gift to President Thomas Jefferson at the White House.
To celebrate National Cheeseball Day, pick up a bag of cheeseballs at your local grocery store or make your own gourmet cheeseball as a dinner appetizer using my recipe below! Enjoy! Grazie!
[style=”color: #008000;”]”Rosie’s Cheeseball” [/style]
1 cup Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Rosie’s Hot or Mild Ringers 12oz jar
1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Mix the cream Cheese, 1/2 the bag of shredded cheddar cheese and the entire amount of Rosie’s Ringers all together forming a ball. After the ball is formed, place a piece of wax paper on a flat surface and spread the remaining shredded cheddar cheese on it. To finish, roll the formed ball over the cheese covering the entire outer edges with cheese. Enjoy!
I had to look up online what Rosie’s Ringers were. For those of you, like myself, not from the Pennsylvania area, “Rosie’s Ringers are a unique taste combination of sliced pepper rings with cauliflower flowerets in a sweet tomato sauce.” Interesting combination.
For the 37 years I was Dairy Manager at Ben Schwartz Food Mart, I custom-made cheeseballs for our customers using Philadelphia cream cheese or Wispride sharp cheddar cheese spread as the base, sometimes mixing in other items, such as crumbled blue cheese, diced pimento or a little garlic powder, and then rolling the cheeseball in chopped nuts, finely-cut dried beef or finely shredded cheddar. Oh, the memories!
I do like me some cheese balls.
Cheeseballs is high class entertainment food in my hometown just up the road – St. Marys, PA!!
A cheeseball, some crackers and a few Straubs “Greenie’s” and you got a party!!
Today is National Cheeseball Day!
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