Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball

This is Superbowl food all the way.

Or game day food, easy party food, or cheese-spread-as-your-dinner food.

Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball - Just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!

If you can make meals out of appetizers and dips like I can, especially of the cheesy variety, you’re going to love this one.

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Simply combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese, garlic, red bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, and stir. In less than five minutes, you’re done. The best kind of recipe and it’s naturally gluten-free.

Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball - Just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!

I de-seeded the jalapeño because not everyone likes things quite as spicy and hurts-so-good as I do, but if your friends and family can handle the heat, keep some or all of the seeds in.

I used light cream cheese in an effort to reduce some of the decadence.

Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball - Just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!

And then proceeded to roll the cheese ball in a cup of nuts. But of course.

I used one half cup each of Fisher Chopped Walnuts and Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds. There’s no added salt, sugar, preservatives, or anything you don’t want in Fisher Nuts which is why they’re such a great choice for cooking.

Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball - Just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!

I especially loved the buttery crunch of the walnuts contrasted against the smooth, creamy cheese. So good.

The tiny bits of peppers add nice color, great texture and big, bold flavor to the cheese ball. You can optionally incorporate chives, green or red onion, corn, or bacon bits if you wanted to really go all out.

Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball - Just spicy enough that the more you have, the more you want!! A fast, easy, and foolproof hit!!

Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball

This is game day food, easy party food, or cheese-spread-as-your-dinner food. It’s a fast, easy, naturally gluten-free, stir-together recipe and in less than five minutes, you’re done. I de-seeded the jalapeño because not everyone likes things quite as spicy as I do, but if your friends and family can handle the heat, keep some or all of the seeds in. I used light cream cheese in an effort to reduce some of the decadence. I especially loved the buttery crunch of the walnuts contrasted against the smooth, creamy cheese. The tiny bits of peppers add nice color, great texture and big, bold flavor to the cheese ball. You can optionally incorporate chives, green or red onion, corn, or bacon bits.

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Ingredients:

two 8-ounce packages brick-style cream cheese, very well softened (lite is okay)
8-ounces grated sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper with seeds and stem removed (about 1/2 of a medium/large pepper)
1/3 cup finely diced jalapeño pepper with seeds and stem removed (about 1 medium/large pepper; if you want spread extra-spicy keep some or all of the seeds)
2 finely minced cloves of peeled garlic
optional 1/3 cup of chives, green or red onion, corn, or bacon bits
1/2 cup Fisher Chopped Walnuts, or as necessary to fully cover cheese ball
1/2 cup Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds, or as necessary to fully cover cheese ball

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add all ingredients except nuts, and stir to combine or use a handheld electric mixer and beat on low speed to combine. Make sure cream cheese is very well softened before beginning or it will be unnecessarily difficult to combine the ingredients.
  2. Using a spatula (or your hands), pat mixture into a ball inside bowl; it’s okay if it’s not perfectly round.
  3. Turn ball out onto a large piece of plasticwrap and wrap it up. Gently pat it into a nice smooth ball, and place ball inside a ziptop bag to prevent fridge smells. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight, to chill and firm up.
  4. Prior to serving, combine the walnuts and almonds in a medium bowl and gently roll the ball in nuts until it’s completely covered. Cheese ball will keep for at least 1 week airtight in the fridge and can be made many days in advance; however, don’t roll in nuts until day of serving.
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40 comments on “Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball”

  1. Ooooh yum!! These sound amazing! I love the flavor of those smokehouse Jalapeño… and… you really can’t go wrong with cheese ! 😛

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