I’ve got another fun and easy summertime recipe for you today!
Actually, this is probably a pretty great fall football season recipe too. Or really, any time that you have people gathered together and eating food!
My local friend Sarah (who just started blogging over at The Project Pile! Fun!) made a cheese ball for us to snack on one day and it was so cute and tasty that I had to ask her for the recipe. I tweaked it a bit just for fun and I came up with the chipotle cheese ball!
I’ve made this recipe a few times now, most recently for a BBQ we went to right before we left to go out of town to the beach for a few days with the kids. I swore I was going to take a million pictures on that little trip, but toddlers just don’t stop moving so this is the only picture that I got:
Oh well! I tried! Clearly life is very busy so I wanted to make something really quick for that BBQ. I whipped this up in about five minutes the night before and stuck it in the fridge!
Here’s what you need to make this recipe:
-1 brick of cream cheese
-3 tbsp chopped green onion
-2 tbsp mayo
-1 tbsp sour cream
-2 tbsp chipotle dipping sauce (find it near the dressings and sandwich spreads!)
-1 tsp taco seasoning (such as my homemade taco seasoning!)
-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Let the cream cheese soften on the counter for an hour or so, or just throw it in the microwave for a few seconds, then mix everything together in a bowl, reserving a pinch of green onion and maybe 1/8 of a cup of shredded cheese for garnish.
The mixture will be pretty soft so you’ll need to put it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to make it more ball-like. Try to roughly shape your ball on one side of your bowl before you put it in the fridge to make it easy to just “garnish and go” later on.
When you’re ready to leave the house, take your cheese ball out of the bowl and roll it in the extra shredded cheese or just sprinkle the shredded cheese over top. Add a little bit of green onion and it will be a thing of beauty!
Cheese balls should be easy, approachable, and never fussy so a plastic tupperware-type container is the perfect serving dish! A few leaves of lettuce on the bottom make for a nice presentation.
Now you can grab a box of crackers or a bag of tortilla chips, pop on the lid, and go!
I’ll be adding this one to my ever-growing list of favorites for sure! Have you had any great successes this BBQ/potluck season?
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.