Las Chicas fresh cheese ball

The original inspiration for this recipe from Gourmet Magazine called this a cheese spread. But when I served it at a party, everyone decided that it was good, but needed some work, and the name was wrong. So, I tweaked the recipe and served it to my cooking group. We decided to call it a fresh cheese ball. Whatever the name, it is an outstanding accompaniment with wine. It was also make a good sandwich.

Recipe serves Active time Total time
8 – 10 people
4 cups coarsely grated cheddar cheese
1 rib of celery, finely chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon drained horseradish
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2/3 cup mayonnaise
Paprika or ground chipotle powder for garnish
• Cut the coarsely grated cheese into small pieces.
• Combine the cheese, celery, and green onions in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.
• Mix the ground pepper, horseradish, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and mayonnaise in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
• Add the mayonnaise mixture to the cheese. Combine thoroughly. Garnish with paprika powder, if desired.
• Add chopped parsley or cilantro.
• Add curry powder.
• Add chopped roasted bell peppers.
• Use half cheddar cheese and half Swiss cheese.
• Refrigerate for 3 – 4 days.

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