appetizer - Easy and Best Cheeseball Recipe - Gluten Free

appetizer - Easy and Best Cheeseball Recipe - Gluten Free

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • ½

    c cubed extra sharp cheddar cheese, divided

  • 8

    oz gluten-free cream cheese (Philadelphia)

  • ¼

    c minced yellow onion

  • ¼

    c (about 3 slices) cooked and finely chopped gluten-free bacon* (optional)

  • 1

    tbsp gluten-free Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins Original)

  • tsp hickory flavored liquid smoke (Wrights)

  • 1

    tsp smoked paprika (McCormick's)

  • ½

    c slivered almonds

Directions

In the bowl of your mixer fitted with the dough hook, or a food processor, add cheddar cheese, cream cheese, onion, bacon, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and paprika. Mix until thoroughly combined. Transfer the mixture to a plate or a chopping board and shape into a ball. Sprinkle slivered almonds on a large plate and roll the cheeseball in the almonds. Shake off any excess almonds, transfer to a clean cheese serving board or plate, and serve with your favorite gluten-free crackers. (Be sure to add a cheese knife, as well.) Cover leftovers with plastic wrap and store as long as the expiration date on the ingredient packages. You can also fry additional bacon, cut it into small pieces and coat the cheeseball with nuts and bacon. If you enjoy a bit of heat, add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the mixture. The amount you use will depend upon your heat tolerance. For a dairy-free cheese recipe, see Homemade Gluten Free Dairy Free Cheddar Cheese Recipe. In addition, excellent brands of gluten-free dairy-free cheese include Daiya and Follow Your Heart. However, at the time of this writing, Follow Your Heart is still working on avoiding gluten cross-contamination. Cheeseballs are a classic at any special occasion or holiday table. The table appears naked without one. Though high in calories, your guests will name this appetizer the best cheeseball recipe if you add bacon to the mix. Special occasions and holidays are all about rich food, and bacon makes everything taste better. The addition of the smoky ingredients leaves your guests begging for more. *Brands of gluten-free bacon include Applegate Farms, Armour, Boars Head, Hormel Black Label, Jones Dairy Farm, Open Nature, and Trader Joe's uncured and turkey bacon.


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