Snowman Cheeseball

Snowman Cheeseball

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Yes, this cheeseball snowman is adorable, but it also is absolutely addicting.  Like, ‘all will power out the window I’m going to gobble off his entire head in a barbaric manner’ addicting. Which can be a good and bad thing.  Good because you will be praised, bad because the snowman will look like it’s been bull-dozed within moments of being set out.

Bearing that in mind, prepare your snowman ahead of time, and keep him refrigerated until the majority of your guests arrive before you take him out for his grand entrance.

What You’ll Need:

-4 packages of regular (not whipped) cream cheese, softened

-1 and 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

-1 small sweet onion finely chopped

-1/4 cup ranch dressing

-1/3 cup sour cream

-1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese (optional, I had some – and it added a really nice flavor!)

-1 tsp garlic (I used 1 oven roasted garlic bulb, I cut off the top, put a bit of olive oil on top, wrapped it in tinfoil and baked for 30 min to ensure the garlic would have a nice mellow flavor)

-Salt & pepper to taste

-Fresh rosemary for decoration

-10 peppercorns for decoration

-Carrot for decoration

-Serve with wheat thins or slices of baguette.

 

Directions

  1. cook onions in a small pan with a bit of coconut oil, butter or olive oil until slightly soft.  Remove from heat, drain excess oil, and let cool.
  2. Combine cream cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella, ranch dressing, sour cream, garlic, onions, salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Mix on low speed with a hand mixer, stopping to scrape sides. Once mixed, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.
  3.  Remove mixture from refrigerator and use hands to mold three balls.  A larger one for the base, a medium size for the middle and a smaller one for the head.  Roll each ball in the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella.
  4. Firmly plant the balls on top of one another to create the snowman shape.  Decorate with peppercorn eyes, mouth and buttons.
  5. Cut a small wedge out of a carrot for the nose.  Assemble rosemary into a circle for the crown and use two other rosemary sprigs for arms.
  6. Take a photo of your masterpiece and put him into the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
  7. Sit back and relish in the praise of your guests. 🙂

 

* It would be easy to make a sweet cheeseball if you subbed out the mozzarella for coconut and omitted the salt, pepper, garlic and onion.  If you make a sweet one, add 1/4 cup of honey and double up on the goat cheese.  For decorations use craisins and pretzel sticks instead of peppercorn and rosemary.

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