This cute Christmas snowman cheeseball is a great appetizer or snack recipe for your holiday party.
Author: Diana Johnson
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 oz chevre (goat cheese), softened
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
¼ cup finely chopped white onion
4 pieces cooked bacon, finely chopped
½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
3 whole cloves
red bell pepper
In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, goat cheese, pepper jack cheese, chopped onion, bacon, salt and pepper.
Form the cheese mix into two balls, a smaller one and a larger one. Place the smaller ball on top and press them together. Flatten the base of the larger ball to make it able to stand on a plate.
Place peppercorns into the small ball for eyes and mouth (see photo).
Place cloves into the large ball for buttons (see photo).
Use a paring knife to chisel a small piece of carrot for the nose.
Use a vegetable peeler to trim long strips of red pepper peel. I made three strips, one for around the neck and one for each end hanging down. Use your paring knife to cut fringe into the ends of the scarf. Place the scarf pieces onto the snowman, pressing them into the cheese. Spread the fringe slightly and press in as well.
Place two sprigs of thyme on each side of the large ball for arms.
Weave about 5 sprigs of thyme together on the head for a wreath.
Keep refrigerated until serving.
Approximate cost/serving: I buy goat cheese in bulk at Costco, so it costs a little more if you get the small 4 oz package in a grocery store. I also got 3 cream cheese for the price of 2 at a sale. This cost me just about $4.50 to make, so 45 cents a serving (not including crackers veggies to serve with it).[br]Vegetarian/Gluten Free: You could leave out the bacon to make this meat free, and it is gluten free.