Friday, April 8, 2011

1980s Cheese Ball Revival

Before there were fancy cheese boards, there was the Cheese Ball.

Probably they weren't available, and probably they were too pricey. But brie, blue vein, Camembert, goats cheese, feta and Gouda were not found in our fridge when I was growing up. Now my mum's fridge is positively bulging with nice cheeses.

I hadn't thought of this Cheese Ball until a reader - an old friend from high school - made a special request. In fact she had to ask twice. I confess I was a little ho hum at first.

However, my mother and I dug out this Cheese Ball recipe on my recent visit back to New Zealand. And I'm very pleased Kura sent me on this treasure hunt.

The Cheese Ball had a fabulous revival at an afternoon tea I hosted in Auckland. Several guests requested the recipe. It was notably gobbled up ahead of other dips and cheeses.

The recipe is adapted from a New Zealand Play Centre cook book.


250g cottage cheese
250g cream cheese
1 1/2 cups cheddar, grated
3 Tablespoons chopped gherkins
2 T tomato sauce/ketchup
3 T finely chopped onions
3 T finely chopped parsley - or other herbs such as oregano and basil
1 T Worcestershire sauce
dash Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 cup chopped walnuts (other nuts and seeds can be used: sunflower, sesame, almond)

Mix all together except for nuts. Shape into a ball, or if too soft refrigerate for 30 mins or longer. Shape into ball and cover with nuts. (You can toast the nuts first but make sure they're cool before putting on cheese ball. Toasting is purely optional). Place in fridge until ready to eat. Serve with crackers.

Next up, another foray back in time: Melting Moments. Not just any, my Nana's melt-in-your-mouth versions. Stay tuned.

Afternoon Tea Party: Billie and her Kiwi mates


  1. hola Sarah,

    we really enjoyed this -- made a double recipe to take to two parties.


    Clare and fam(+3 now!) in California

  2. hey Clare,
    Great to hear, I love to be useful.
    Congratulations on your expanded family. I have been wondering how it's all going. Good to hear you managing to devote some time to food.

  3. catherine baffskyApril 28, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Hi Sarah,

    Love the new blogspot - looks great which matches your continually fabulous recipes. Never a disappointing outcome - even for me whose cooking is not my strong point

  4. Hey Cath,
    Lovely to 'see' you here. Thanks for the great feedback.
    So is Willow digging into cheese balls yet?! Must see you in the real world soon.

  5. rocking out a cheese ball to share with Rach, Will and whanau tomorrow. One of Rach's daughters is helping me...I like the symmetry of it all. Thanks again for hunting it down. We'll be thinking of you and all those celebratory occasions that included cheese ball on the menu. xx

  6. Ohh wow, the new extended whanau and all. I love that I can kinda be there via food and recipes

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