This is for all you cheese lovers out there! Cheese ball is a combination of mild, creamy cheeses flavored with digestive herbs and spices, and rolled in pecans.
A cheese ball is the perfect centerpiece for an appetizer platter when guests come over in the afternoon for drinks, or as a tasty accompaniment for a winter evening’s card game with the neighbors.
Despite its rather bland sounding name, a cheese ball looks elegant and beautiful. You can decorate it with pecans, walnuts, almonds, cranberries, olives, capers, orange zest, or whatever else delights your heart.
Then serve it with your favorite crackers, pita chips, or toasted bread pieces. You can get as creative as you want with it.
Around Christmas, you can serve it with mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, grapes, pickles, mixed nuts, pretzels (I’ve been known to munch cheese ball with pretzels), and cocktails or mocktails.
Easy to digest
Herbs and spices offer tangy, pungent flavors, but also much-needed digestive support for the heavier cheese and accompaniments.
By nature, cheese is heavy and a little difficult to digest. When you add garlic, onion, black pepper, bright green onion, and fresh parsley, you are adding warmth and heat and energy to cut through that heavy cheese.
I am listing the most supportive ingredients below. The garlic and onion powder are mainly for flavor. Since they are dried, much of their medicinal strength is lost.
Lemon juice: Increases the secretion of digestive juices, adds warmth, and soften stools, aiding in regular elimination.
Black pepper: Stimulating; destroys mucus and dispels gas.
Green onion: Pungent, heating, and stimulating (opposite of cheese)
Parsley: Bitter and pungent, heating, and diuretic (another antidote to cheese)
Cheese ball is the perfect package, because it allows you to have the cheese you love, and digest too!
When you look at the green onion and the parsley above, do you see the idea of incorporating antidotes and opposites into your recipes?
This is how you balance the difficult-to-digest qualities of a food you love, like cheese, while supporting your body’s ability to assimilate and absorb all the good nutrition.
Learn more about how to cook for your digestion HERE.
I used to love cheese ball as a kid, when my mom would make it for Christmas, New Year’s, and other special occasions involving guests, and I’m pretty sure it’s because of the herbs and spices, which weren’t an everyday item in our home.
Anything enhanced with spices has always been a favorite in my books because it feels good on the tummy. If you’ve never tried a cheese ball, then I suggest you make one right now.
When you make cheese ball yourself—especially following my recipe—it will be fresh and festive.
By the way, you don’t need guests or a special reason to make this. You can eat the whole thing yourself. It’s that good! I actually love it spread on toast.
And hopefully I’ve explained to you why eating cheese ball is better than just regular cheese. Remember, it’s the digestive support you get with it.
One final tip for you:
When eating cheese, it is always a good idea to include some fresh herbs and spices to make it easier to digest.
This includes seasoning your sandwiches really well, and adding black pepper and herbs to cheesy pizzas and pastas.
Make cooking with herbs and spices a regular habit, and your body will thank you for it.
Cheese Ball With Herbs and Spices
Helpful Kitchen Tools:
- Electric hand mixer
- 1 package cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon green onion, minced
Add to mixture
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese, (1 cup) shredded
To roll in
- ½ cup pecans, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
- Take the cream cheese out of the fridge about an hour before making this recipe to soften it. I recommend using an electric mixer to combine the cheese with the other ingredients, but you can also use a wooden spoon. Think about how you will mix the ingredients.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and green onion. Mix with an electric hand mixer or wooden spoon until smooth.
- Mix in the cheese using the spoon or get your hands in there. Cover bowl and chill for at least 1 hour, until it becomes firm.
- Remove from the fridge and shape into a ball using a spatula and wet hands.
- Finely chop pecans and parsley and combine in a clean bowl. Use your hands to gently roll the cheese ball through the pecans and herbs until fully covered.