You can admit it. You loved junky cheeseballs. That processed crappy orange cheese, rolled in walnuts. Maybe it was port wine. Or sharp cheddar. Imagine it now… That soft, smelly cheese that you can cut into with a cracker. Yes, we loved it too. Which is why we are so excited to share this recipe in time for holiday parties.
Now you can put out a vegan-friendly cheeseball, and impress your guests by once again serving a processed cheese product rolled in nuts. Did we mention it’s ridiculously easy to make? One note – there is no swap for the Teese Cheddar. You’ve got to find that vegan cheese product to make this work. But don’t worry – it’s widely available. Whole Foods has it nationwide, and Amazon.com can ship anyplace!
Old School Cheeseball Goes Vegan
1 8-oz. tub of vegan cream cheese, room temperature (we used Tofutti)
1 10-oz. tube cheddar Teese Cheese, room temperature
3 Tbl. vegan margarine ( we used Earth Balance)
1 Tbl. sriracha hot sauce
1 Tbl. A1 sauce (yes, it’s vegan!)
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
In a large mixing bowl, combine vegan cream cheese, Teese cheddar tube, margarine, sriracha, A1 sauce, paprika and green onions. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth, creamy and well-incorporated. You can do this by hand too, but it takes a little longer.
Place in the fridge to chill for at least four hours or up to overnight before rolling into a ball.
Before serving, roll chilled cheese into a ball and press chopped nuts into cheese to completely coat. Keep in fridge until ready to eat. Serve with chopped veggie crudités and crackers.
Try another flavor profile! Instead of the sriracha, A1 sauce, paprika and green onions, flavor your cheese ball with 2 Tbl. Maple syrup, 1 Tbl. Dijon mustard, a dash of liquid smoke and 1 tsp. white miso. Roll in chopped almonds. Yum! Want more options? Use Teese mozzarella cheese with the vegan cream cheese and maragarine. Flavor with 1 Tbl. Italian spices, 1 Tbl. minced fresh basil, 1/8 cup minced black olives and 1/4 cup minced sundried tomatoes. Roll in pine nuts or sunflower seeds.