So many Christmas parties and events with so much food! And often those party and event tables are full of holiday sweets. You are probably making your fair share of healthy sweet treats to indulge in over this holiday season as well, I know I am! But sometimes you don’t want another sweet. Sometimes you just want something savory. This cheese-ball fits the bill perfectly! Of course, you can always make this into the traditional cheese-ball shape, but for a holiday party, this wreath shape is easy and festive!
Cheese-Ball Wreath ~ THM S
- 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
- 1 1/2 cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon dried chives
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 small bunch fresh parsley
- 4-5 grape or cherry tomatoes
- Items for dipping such as raw veggies or the Crunkers recipe
Place cream cheese in a mixing bowl or food processor and mix until smooth. Add cheese, chives, Worcestershire sauce, parley, garlic powder, oregano and pepper and mix well to combine.
Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl and place the mixture on a sheet of plastic wrap. Using the plastic wrap and your hands, form the mixture into a log shape.
Form the log into a wreath shape and press ends together. (Alternatively you could press the mixture into a small wreath mold that is either greased well or lined with plastic wrap for easy removal.)
Remove stems from fresh parsley and chop the leaves into small pieces. Press the fresh parsley onto the outside of the wreath. Slice tomatoes in half, squeezing gently to remove some of the liquid and seeds. Press the halves around the top of the wreath to resemble ornaments.
Cover the cheese-ball wreath in cling wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with celery sticks or I highly recommend the crunkers recipe on page 452 in the THM Cookbook.