I love cheese balls. They're a simple and easy appetizer (only five ingredients!) and people just gobble them up. I wanted to do something different and special so, I added cranberries! It was so delicious!
2 pkg cream cheese (I use Philadelphia brand, 1/3 lower fat)
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
few drops liquid smoke
2 c. shredded cheese (cheddar or colby-jack)
Soften the cream cheese. Using an electric mixer, blend the cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke together. Add shredded cheese and mix well. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the cheese mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap. Use the wrap to smash the mixture into a ball without getting your hands messy. Place cranberries on a plate. Pull the plastic wrap off the cheese ball and roll in cranberries, pushing the berries into the mixture until it's all coated. Wrap in a new piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving time.
|prepping the platter|
|My favorite crackers are Wheat Thins... I use the lower fat version. I always do Ritz Crackers or "circle crackers" as my kids call them, as well... just because they're so kid friendly.|