As part of our general awareness of football season, Jennie and I have been thinking about football party snacks that we don’t like very much and trying to find ways of making them more delicious. Jennie showed us her seven layer dip, and I set my sights on a cheese ball that someone might actually want to eat.
Cheese balls have always puzzled me. They are made up of things I love — cheese, nuts, some spices — but somehow they always come out tasting wrong. My solution (per usual) was goat cheese. I haven’t found many things that can’t be improved with goat cheese, and this was no exception. For good measure, though, I also added my other favorite recipe secret ingredient: caramelized onions.
In the end, I put together a cheese ball with goat cheese, chives, rosemary, caramelized onion, and honey.
Then I covered it in toasted pine nuts.
You could honestly eat it right away, but in order to set it in an actual ball, you really should put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours. We managed to wait about an hour and 10 minutes.
So, stick it in the fridge and go watch an episode of How I Met Your Mother with some friends. When you suddenly remember that a delicious cheese ball is waiting for you, serve it with some crackers and a little attitude like my friend Zak, here.