Yesterday we brought you a "recipe" for Cider Syrup, which is just reduced apple cider. It becomes caramelly and tart and absolutely delicious. And, since you're probably up to your dreidels in holiday entertaining, we've brought you a fantastic recipe that uses that syrup. This simple-to-assemble appetizer uses Co-op made baguettes, arugula, manchego cheese and the cider syrup and the mix of flavors is out of this world.
Aubrey is infamous around our Co-op for two things: her sassy sense of humor and her holiday cheese balls. People travel from miles around (well, staff flock from their respective departments) to dig into these savory treats she makes every holiday season. And now, Beet Box readers, we're sharing one of the recipes with you!
One of favorites (she makes 4 different kinds!) is the four-cheese version that is salty and savory and the perfect addition to your holiday entertaining. We serve ours with crispy slices of housemade baguettes, but you could use anything your heart desires- gluten-free crackers, pretzels, your fingers?
To make this cheese ball you will need:
2 cups parmesan, shredded – reserve ¼ cup 4 cups swiss cheese, shredded 5 cups white cheddar, shredded 24 ounces cream cheese, softened ¼ cup shallots minced – reserve half 2 tablespoons garlic, minced 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce ¼ teaspoon salt – or to taste a couple drops of your favorite hot sauce ¼ cup parsley – minced and reserve Small handful of pecans – finely chopped and reserve
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients until well incorporated. Take reserved items and mix. Form your cheese ball(s). Roll through the reserved mixture and serve.