Saturday, 20 December 2008

Dear Santa, I want a plot for Christmas...

In the meantime, here's a little gift to my friends. This recipe has been a hit every single time. It's easy, universal, and festive:

Chumplet's Apple Cheeseball


1 package cream cheese

1 - 1 1/2 cups finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (white if you can get it)

Paprika (preferably smoked, but Spanish will do - fresh and red!)

A cinnamon stick

1 or 2 bay leaves

Worchestershire sauce or hot sauce (optional)

Garlic powder or ground spices (optional)

Mix the two cheeses, the sauce if you've got it (and any little savoury spices you like) together with your hands until well mixed.

Form it into a ball about 3 or 4 inches around, and shape like an apple, with a little dimple at the top. Use plastic wrap if you think it's too messy.

Roll the ball in the paprika until nicely coated and red. You can brush off any excess.

Stick a cinnamon stick in the top to represent the apple stem, and a bay leaf or two to represent apple leaves.
Put it on a small plate, surrounded with crackers, pita pieces or those little toasty slices with a nice knife. The first person to cut a chunk out will make it look like someone's taken a bite out of the apple!

My friends claim I came up with this recipe, modified from some other cheeseball, but I probably got it from a magazine. My friend Debbie asked for the recipe, and when she made it for family it was an instant hit. She passed it on to her daughter, who got the attention of her college dean's wife. Debbie appreciated the contribution so much she gave me that cute little leaf-shaped plate to put my apple on.


Oh.... and Merry Christmas if I don't check in before the Big Day. Busy, busy!


writtenwyrdd said...

That's clever. I might have to try it myself.

AstonWest said...

I'm not Santa, but plot bunny: Poisoned Apple Cheeseball!

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

Hmmm.... maybe it'll work.

Barbara Martin said...

Nice recipe.

McKoala said...


Queen of the Road said...

If I weren't already making my usual for the holiday - reservations - I'd definitely try this!

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

Even you can do this, Doreen. It's easier than mixing a cocktail!

Happy Hannukah!

Anonymous said...

That looks yummy, Sandra,. I'm going to try it! Thanks

BernardL said...

Thanks, Sandra, it looks real good.

Ello said...

very cute!

Merry Christmas Sandra! Hope Santa brings you all you need. And have a fabulous new year!

laughingwolf said...

season's blessings to you and yours, m'dear....

Kanani said...

I'm making this for a New Year's Day party! Can't wait!!