Flavors-of-the-World Cheese Bites
- 2 pkg (8 oz/250 g each) cream cheese, softened
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) mayonnaise
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp (5 mL) Worcestershire sauce
2 oz (60 g) Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers, grated
(½ cup/125 mL)
1 tbsp (15 mL) Tex-Mex or Chipotle Rub
Coating: ½ cup (125 mL) finely chopped unsalted whole pumpkin seeds
1 oz (30 g) blue cheese crumbles (2 tbsp/30 mL)
2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp (5 mL) honey
Coating: ½ cup (125 mL) finely chopped sliced almonds or pecans
2 oz (60 g) sharp white cheddar cheese, grated (1/2 cup/125 mL)
2 tbsp (30 mL) mango chutney
¼ tsp (1 mL) each chili powder and curry powder
1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
Coating: ½ cup (125 mL) sweetened flaked coconut or finely chopped cashews
2 oz (60 g) mozzarella cheese, grated (1/2 cup/125mL)
1 tbsp (15 mL) red chili paste
¼ cup (50 mL) kimchi, finely chopped
1 tsp (5 mL) lime zest
¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
Coating: ¼ cup (50 mL) black sesame seeds
Choose 3 variations (see Cook’s Tips). Prepare the mix-ins. Place the cream cheese into a large mixing bowl; whisk until smooth. Stir in mayonnaise, onions, and Worcestershire sauce until blended.
Evenly divide cream cheese mixture into 3 small mixing bowls (about ¾ cup/175 mL each). Add mix-ins, except for coatings; mix well. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour or overnight.
When ready to serve, place coatings into three small bowls. Using a level Small Scoop, drop cheese balls into bowl. Spoon crumbs over cheese bites to coat.
- 16 servings of 3 bites
Nutrients per serving:
(Average of all) Calories 167, Total Fat 15 g, Saturated Fat 7 g, Cholesterol 40 mg, Sodium 332 mg, Carbohydrate 5 g, Fiber 1 g, Sugars 3 g,
If desired, one variation can be made by tripling the mix-in ingredients.