The Healthy My Ass Cookbook

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Other Appetizer Recipes:

Alfredo Carbonara Peppers

Bourbon Hot Dogs

Bourbon Maple Glazed Wings

Caramelized Onion Dip

Cheddar Bacon Pecan Spread

Cheese Ball

Chicken Quesadillas

Chinese Chicken Wings

Clam Dip

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Epicurean Escargot

Garlic Dip

Garlic Ranch Chicken Wings

Garlic and Parmesan Chicken Wings

Gourmet Deviled Eggs


Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Honey Barbecue Chicken Wings

Honey Chicken Wings

Hot Crab Dip

Hot Feta Spinach Artichoke Dip

Lemon Butter Wings

Maryland Style Crab Cakes

Mexican Layer Dip

Oven Sesame Wings

Parmesan Artichoke Hearts

Poor Man's Pâté

Reuben Dip

Sausage Cheese Ball Appetizers

Shrimp Dip

Smoked Gouda Cheese Spread

Smoked Salmon Ball

Spicy Shrimp Dip

Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Tortilla Roll-Ups

THE Cheese Ball

An arrogant yet tasty addictive cheese ball or disc.


8 ozs. Cream Cheese
5 ozs. Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread
8 ozs. American Cheese
2 Tbsps. Milk, more or less to desired consistency
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder, to taste
1/2 cup Roasted Pecans, chopped, to taste, see Note,
1/4 tsp. Paprika, more or less, see Notes


Let the Cream Cheese and even the Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread, if sealed, soften at room temperature.  Meanwhile, as Jill's mom says, cut the cheese...into small pieces, the American Cheese slices that is.

Blend the cream cheese and cheese spread with the Milk and Garlic Powder using a hand mixer.  Then on low speed, stir in the American cheese pieces and the Roasted Pecans, if incorporating rather than coating, until uniformly incorporated but not blended in beyond recognition.

Shape into your desired shape and sprinkle with the Paprika.  If you did not incorporate the nuts, coat the outside of the shape with them.

Serve at room temperature with Triscuits.

Freezes well.


This cheese ball is a tradition at the Rubin family holiday events and oddly Jill's mother, Mrs. Rubin, incorporated the nuts and shaped it like a Frisbee or large hockey puck rather than the more traditional ball rolled in the nuts.  If you want to serve it in the Aul/Rubin tradition, you must also serve it on Triscuits, Original flavor.

Jill's recipe from her mother called for Kraft American Cheese and given the age of the recipe I assume it is their real American cheese and not their non-cheese Kraft Singles.  It also called for Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Kraft Olde English Cheese slices.  When the latter disappeared from store shelves, Jill started using Kraft Old English Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread and less milk.  Now that product is nearly impossible to find or too costly from the internet and according to the ingredients on Kraft's own web page for the product, any Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread will do.  Finally, Jill prefers smoked Paprika and she uses chopped Walnuts that the original recipe called for, but I prefer pecans and in particular my Roasted Pecans.


Other Information:

Source: Jill Aul, my new found Saint Louis retired friend from my LGBT Center days.

Preparation: 0:20
Stand: 1:40
Total: 2:00

Yield: 1 big ass ball
Servings: 24

Nutrition Facts per Serving:
97 Calories
9g Fat (81.2% calories from fat)
4g Protein
1g Carbohydrate
trace Dietary Fiber
22mg Cholesterol
260mg Sodium.

Exchanges per Serving:
0 Grain(Starch)
1/2 Lean Meat
0 Non-Fat Milk
1 Fat.

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