Did you know that today is National Cheese Ball Day? Don't feel bad I didn't either. Which is sort of ironic, because I planned on posting this cheese ball recipe today before I found out it was National Cheese Ball Day. I just happened to get an email from Food Network and it said something about "In Honor of National Cheese Ball Day" ...very strange.
This is sort of a different cheese ball than most people make and if you like the flavor of curry you will love it. I always make this cheese ball when my sister and nieces are coming to visit because they love it. I must admit it is rather addicting. It's one of those things you just can't quit eating, like potato chips or M&M's.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
Canned chicken breast (canned works best for this because it mixes better), 2 blocks cream cheese, Parmesan Cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions sliced thin, Tabasco sauce, garlic powder, curry powder, soy sauce and walnuts or pecans to roll it in.
Leave the cream cheese out of the refrigerator until it is soft. Slice the green onions as thin as possible and include some of the green blades for the color. Mix the cream cheese, green onions, curry, shredded cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, soy sauce, and Tabasco sauce. Mix in the chicken that has been chopped in small pieces. Place it back in the refrigerator to chill before you try to roll it in a ball (about an hour will do). Chop walnuts or pecans fairly fine and place them on wax paper or foil. Shape cheese mixture into a ball and roll all sides it the nuts.
This is really good served with seedless grapes, strawberries or sliced apples and Nabisco Chicken in a Biskit crackers.
It makes a huge cheese ball so I usually divide in half and make two out of it.
1 cup chicken chopped
2 8 oz. cream cheese (you can use light cream cheese if you prefer)
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 Tbs. curry powder ( I use mild curry powder so if you are using hot curry powder, use less)
1 Tbs. soy sauce
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts