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My grandma used to make a blue cheese ball rolled in walnuts (served with crackers) for special occasions and holidays.  My husband added a kick to it by eliminating the walnuts and using a combination of peppers with a dash of Tabasco sauce. The result is a SPICY and addictive cheese spread.  You can use as many or as little peppers as you would like.  For a red-hot spread, be sure to try the habañero pepper version.  For a tamer spread, try my grandmother’s version.  She used canned pimientos and rolled the cheese ball in chopped walnuts.

Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 8+
Use the pepper assortment of your choice to make this cheese dip as spicy as you'd like.
My Grandma’s Cheeseball
  • Approximately 10 pimiento peppers
  • 12-ounce carton low-fat cream cheese
  • 6-ounce tub of blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Chopped walnuts (roughly 1 cup)
Spicy Cheeseball
  • 12-ounce carton low-fat cream cheese
  • 6-ounce tub of blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 drops of Tabasco sauce
  • 1-2 Fresno red peppers, chopped (optional)
  • 1-2 jalapeños (spicy), chopped (optional)
  • 1-2 serranos (very spicy), chopped (optional)
  • 1 habañero (extremely spicy), chopped (optional)
My Grandma's Cheeseball
  1. Mix the peppers, cream cheese, blue cheese and garlic powder.
  2. Shape the cheese mixture into a ball and roll it in chopped walnuts.
  3. Serve with an assortment of crackers.
Spicy Cheeseball
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Serve the spicy cheese dip with crackers and/or bread.


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