Monday, January 6, 2014

Jalapeno Popper Cheeseball

Review by Lyndee

2 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese
1 (4 oz.) can diced jalapenos drained
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies drained
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/3 cup cooked and finely chopped bacon
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (I used Italian style)
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. parsley flakes

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, diced jalapeños, diced green chilies, garlic salt, bacon, Parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese. Form into a ball shape and chill for about 15 minutes in the fridge. While cheese ball is chilling, melt butter in a saucepan. Once butter is melted add panko bread crumbs and parsley flakes. Toast, stirring constantly, until golden in color. Take off heat and let cool completely. Once bread crumbs have cooled and cheese ball has chilled, roll and cover the entire outside of cheese ball with toasted panko crumbs. Cover and keep chilled in fridge until ready to serve. Refrigerate any leftovers. Serve with crackers.

This is a great recipe from chefintraining.  I’ve attempted cheeseballs before and they never turned out too pretty.  This one not only looked decent, but it tasted great! Just the right amount of heat and creamy goodness.  I will definitely make this again for future gatherings.   

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