Holiday (or anytime) Appetizers

Keeping with the Holiday theme, I wanted to tell a little about some scrumptious appetizers we shared at our Christmas party at This Big House this year.  We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to entertain a few friends for an evening of good ol’ Christmas cheer and wanted to express our gratitude by offering some delicious party food.  I mean, what is a Christmas party without some fine comfort foods included?

The Cheese Ball

One of these foods is a favorite that originated from the kitchen of my mother.  It is aptly referred to as a “cheese ball”.  My mom would make this for different get-togethers, and it was always a “delicacy” for me.  Now, it is a tradition for me to make this every year around Christmas.

This is a picture of a cheese ball we donated to some friends for their family Christmas party.

Cheese Ball Recipe (makes about two balls, or one large one):


  • Two 8-ounce packages of cream cheese (I substitute one of the packages with Neufchatel cheese which has less fat)
  • 6 ounces of cheddar cheese
  • 3 ounces of grated blue cheese
  • One small onion, grated
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

Put the ingredients in a mixing bowl and let stand until soft.  When soft, mix them all together.  Separate the cheese mixture into two or three balls.  You may want to chill before shaping into balls.  Roll each ball in a mixture of chopped nuts (walnuts or other) and parsley.  Note: I usually forego the nuts out of convenience, and it is still delicious.

Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

In addition to the cheese ball, we wanted to add another good party food.  Not wanting to get into anything too involved, I scoured the internet for some easy slow cooker ideas.  I finally settled on a dish called the Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip .  This slow cooker dish was very easy to prepare, and was a huge hit with our guests!  We went a little overboard in quadrupling the recipe, but this just meant we would have more leftovers to enjoy later!

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