Cheese Ball Invitational: The Contenders

by dccheese on January 4, 2012

in cheese balls

Happy New Year, dear readers! Thanks to all who shared and participated in the 2011 Cheese Ball Invitational here at Cheese and Champagne. We loved the enthusiasm and dedication to the cause of launching the once-lowly cheese ball to new heights of culinary glory. Without further ado, let me introduce the 2011 Cheese Ball contenders.

1. Cheese Chick‘s Holiday Cheeseball with Goat Cheese & Bacon

cheese chick's holiday cheeseball

2. The Fromagette‘s Aged Cheddar + Guinness Caramelized Shallot Ball

aged cheddar guinness caramelized shallot cheese ball

3. Madame Fromage‘s Point Reyes Pine Cone

point reyes pine cone

4. Quick Pickled‘s Mom’s Cheese Ball

mom's cheese ball

5.  Just Putzing‘s Festive Cheese Rounds

festive cheese rounds

6. Colleen‘s Bourbon Bacon Cheese Ball

bourbon bacon cheese ball

We hope you give one or more of these recipes a try at your next gathering. (Cheese ball Super Bowl party, anyone?) And stay tuned… we’ve asked some guest judges to determine who takes home the virtual crown as 2011’s Queen of the Cheese Balls.


Kat Collins January 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

These sound delicious! I meant to enter my mom’s cheese ball, but time got away from me. I’m going to add these to my menu! Yum!!

Siobhan January 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I love the look of Madame Fromage‘s Point Reyes Pine Cone (!) and mmm….. Point Reyes blue cheese is so good! I always worry about serving food that looks like an ornament though, because people never want to eat it! This one looks good enough to adorn the fireplace mantle!

Vickie McCorkendale January 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I was so inspired by these that I had to make my own today. No pictures, as mine is NO WHERE near as pretty as these. I used an old goat cheese dip recipe – with fresh thyme, sun-dried tomatoes and rolled in pine nuts. Bringing it to a friend’s house to share tonight.
Thanks the inspiration!!

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