Mini Blue Cheese Walnut Balls

Mini blue cheese balls made with scrumptious cream cheese, green onion,tangy blue cheese and shredded sharp cheese, rolled in toasted chopped walnut and served on top of mini twisted pretzels. A heavenly Holiday appetizer perfect for entertaining!

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The Holiday season is a time for gathering with friends, family, and co-workers! The center of attention at every Christmas party is the food! Good food! No one wants to waste calories on appetizers that are mediocre. 

Having delicious no-fuss finger foods prepared ahead of time, that you can pull out at that drop of a hat for that last minute party or “drop-in” guest, is a must in my book! 

The classic cheese ball is a Holiday favorite! They’re delicious and personally, one of my favorite appetizers. However, no one ever finishes an entire cheese ball in one night! Right?

They’re a fantastic appetizer, but your left hanging with a half eaten ball of cheese that you certainly don’t want to pull out and serve again! (So much waste! I’m not a big fan of wasting food in a world with so many that go hungry!)

close up of mini blue cheese walnut balls

The solution…. “mini cheese balls”! A great appetizer that can be made ahead of time, stored in the refrigerator during the Holidays, and pulled out when it’s time to PAR-TAY!!! They’re also a great addition to a Holiday Cheese Board. If you need help I have a great post on how to create a Cheese Board.

I love the creamy robust flavors in these creamy little appetizers. I know you will too. 

How To Make Mini Blue Cheese Walnut Balls

In a medium bowl combine 4 oz. softened cream cheese, 1 cup crumbled blue cheese, 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup minced green onion, and 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce.

TIP: I used my small food processor to crumble the shredded cheddar cheese. This makes rolling the cheese balls easier. 

cream cheese, blue cheese, and more in a bowl for blue cheese balls

Mix all the ingredients until well combined, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl down often while mixing.

cheese ball ingredients being mixed together

Using a spoon, scoop up 1 tablespoon of the cheese mixture and roll into a ball. Continue rolling cheese mixture into balls and placing on tray lined with wax paper, or a silicone baking mat. Cover bowl and chill while toasting walnuts.

Tip: Washing hands frequently will help to keep the cheese balls from sticking to your hands while rolling. Chilling the cream cheese mixture for 30 minutes before rolling into balls.

cheese mixture rolled into balls

In a small skillet, over medium heat, add 1 cup chopped walnuts. Using a wooden kitchen tool, or spatula, stir walnuts in skillet until they begin to toast. You’ll smell the scent of toasted walnuts as the oils release and the nuts begin to turn light golden brown. 

Remove nuts from the pan immediately so they do not burn. Place on a plate to cool. 

chopped walnuts being toasted in small skillet

Once the nuts are completely cool, remove mini cheese balls from refrigerator and roll in toasted chopped walnuts! 

rolling cheese balls in toasted walnuts

Once rolled place on wax paper until all the balls have been rolled in toasted walnuts.

To store, place in an air tight container, and keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 

Mini blue cheese balls rolled in walnuts and laid on wax paper

When ready to serve, place mini cheese balls on top of a cracker or mini twisted pretzel. I used mini pretzels. They add a little extra something special to this appetizer. 

Allow cheese balls to set out 30 minutes before serving. Arrange on a platter, garnish with parsley, and serve!

Mini blue cheese walnut balls on pretzels.

Each little tidbit is loaded with flavor, from the seasoned blue cheese ball, to the toasted walnuts.

I love the crunch and salt from the pretzels and how well they pair with the cheese balls. They create the perfect bite!

Mini blue cheese walnut balls on pretzels

If you enjoyed this appetizer you may also enjoy these other Holiday appetizers

Mini Blue Cheese Walnut Balls are the perfect finger food for your next Holiday Party.  It’s a tradition at this Nest to serve appetizers and soup on Christmas Eve.  One of our favorite meals of the year!

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Yield: 24

Mini Blue Cheese Walnut Balls

Mini Blue Cheese Walnut Balls

Mini blue cheese balls made with scrumptious cream cheese, green onion,tangy blue cheese and shredded sharp cheese, rolled in toasted chopped walnut and served on top of mini twisted pretzels. A heavenly Holiday appetizer perfect for entertaining!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced green onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, blue cheese, sharp cheese, minced green onion and 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. Mix until well combined, scrapping the bowl down frequently will mixing.
  2. Cover bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile in a small skillet, over medium heat, toast walnuts until lightly golden, the oils have released, and nuts are toasted. Remove from skillet and completely cool on plate.
  4. Roll blue cheese balls in cooled toasted walnuts. Place in air tight container and chill until ready to serve.
  5. Remove cheese balls 30 minutes before serving. To bring to room temperature. Place cheese balls on cracker or mini twisted pretzels. Serve on tray garnished with parsley.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24 servings

Serving Size:

1 ball

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 18mg Sodium: 148mg Carbohydrates: 2g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g

 

 

 

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