Food & Drink

Artisanal cheese ball

Artisanal cheese ball

8 ounces fromage blanc or cream cheese

1 package (4 ounces) aged cheddar, finely shredded

1 package (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese

1 tablespoon sour cream

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon each: garlic powder, fresh cracked black pepper

1/8 teaspoon salt

4 green onions, thinly sliced

8 slices smoked applewood bacon, cooked, drained, diced, or 1 cup finely chopped smoked almonds

Makes about 12 servings.

1. Combine the cheeses, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, pepper and salt in a food processor or bowl of a stand mixer; puree or beat with a mixer on low until mixture is smooth, about 3 minutes. Fold in the green onions; place mixture in a large bowl. Shape into a ball with a large mixing spoon; chill 1 hour.

2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 6 minutes; drain on paper towels. Chop; set aside.

3. Gently remove cheese ball from bowl. Spread bacon bits (or almonds) on wax paper or cutting board; roll the cheese ball until evenly coated. Serve at room temperature.

Nutritional information per tablespoon: 165 calories, 78 percent of calories from fat, 14 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 43 mg cholesterol, 1 g carbohydrates, 7 g protein, 372 mg sodium, no fiber.