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Salsa Cheese Ball

This super simple Salsa Cheese Ball is perfect for a football game or any occasion you can think of!

A cheese ball appetizer with chopped poblanos and yellow bell peppers on the outside.

 

I have such a fun recipe to share with you today. It’s one of those easy but delicious and FUN recipes that makes me glad there are things like the Super Bowl happening soon!

Even if my team didn’t make it this year, I’m still really looking forward to the game. We’ll do our annual pajama brunch in Reston, VA, and then watch the game at someone’s house. Probably ours!

I’m a big proponent of making as much as possible from scratch but using store-bought ingredients when it makes sense and when those products are top-notch – meaning as good as what you can make at home.

Fresh, homemade salsa would be amazing in this salsa cheese ball, but using a high-quality store-bought version will be just fine, too.

 

A salsa cheese ball appetizer with chopped poblanos and yellow bell peppers on the outside.

All you do is mix together two bricks of cream cheese, 1/4 cup of salsa (any flavor will work), a little ground cumin, salt and pepper. Then you can add your favorites to the outside, making your Salsa Cheese Ball pretty AND delicious!

A salsa cheese ball appetizer with chopped poblanos and yellow bell peppers on the outside.

I chose to use green and yellow colors to show support for the Packers, my home team. I used a poblano pepper and a yellow bell pepper, both finely diced. You could use a jalapeño, too, if you wanted to spice it up a bit more. Red and yellow bells would be great for the Redskins. Get creative!

A cheese ball appetizer with chopped poblanos and yellow bell peppers on the outside.

Salsa Cheese Ball

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

This super simple Salsa Cheese Ball is perfect for a football game or any occasion you can think of!

Ingredients

  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, very soft
  • 1/4-1/3 cup salsa (any flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup finely minced onion (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 bell pepper, minced, (use 1/2 each from two different colored peppers if desired)

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients except bell pepper. Shape into a ball. Place on parchment paper or saran wrap; wrap tightly and place in refrigerator until firm (at least a couple hours).
  2. Remove from fridge and press bell pepper firmly into the outside of the cheese ball. Place on serving tray with tortilla chips, crackers and/or freshly cut veggies.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 305mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g
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JudyPA

Saturday 3rd of February 2018

Cheese balls are one of my favorite things to make for an app. Love this one!! Although not a Packer fan, lol