This Holiday Cheese Ball with cranberries is the perfect holiday party appetizer! Goat cheese, cream cheese, aged cheddar and cranberries create the perfect balance of tangy and sweet.
Four days. FOUR DAYS. That’s all we have until family rolls into town, gifts are exchanged and Christmas dinner is on the table. I hope that you have all your presents wrapped and placed under the tree by now because it’s time to start planning that oh so special Christmas dinner. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
Spread it on a cracker and call it Christmas!
If your family is anything like mine, you stick with the classics on Christmas day. But how about spicing up your appetizers with this Holiday Cheese Ball? Goat cheese and aged white cheddar make it tangy and full of flavor. The cranberry sauce and cream cheese make it sweet and creamy. The rosemary warms the palate and rounds out those holiday flavors.
For the toppings I used dried cranberries, pistachios and rosemary. This Holiday Cheese Ball is a little on the sweeter side so the pistachios balance that out a bit. Some other great toppings would be pecans, additional grated cheddar or pomegranates.
Although it only takes minutes to throw together, this Holiday Cheese Ball does require quite a bit of prep time because it will need to set in the freezer for at least eight hours. Be sure to plan ahead. I recommend making it the night before so it has plenty of time to set.
Check out the recipe below and let me know if you have any questions. If you try it, post a picture on Instagram and tag me @bluecheesebungalow.
Prep Time: 8 hours, 25 minutes
Serving Size: 10-12
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