Aunt Joyce's Blue Cheese Ball

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This blue cheese ball recipe has been around forever and I absolutely love it. I literally have it once a year on Christmas Eve at my Aunt Joyce and Uncle Ernie's house. In fact, I look forward to it every Christmas Eve. To me, it wouldn’t be a traditional Christmas Eve without this cheese ball (and of course our Italian tradition of the seven fucking fishes).

Well tonight is New Year’s Eve, and I’m starting my new year's resolution early. While most people, including me, make new year’s resolutions for eating healthier and exercising more, I’ve decided this year that one of mine will be to not wait for a party or holiday to eat all of my favorite party foods. There’s no better way to end the old year and to bring in the new year than to eat something that makes me happy.  I don’t want to wait for another Christmas Eve or another party before I have this cheese ball again.  Here is the recipe so you too can enjoy this cheese ball all year long.

 




 

Ingredients

 
  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • One 4.25-ounce can chopped black olives, drained, optional
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • crackers, for serving
 



 

Instructions

 
Step 1:  In mixer bowl using the paddle attachment, blend together the cream cheese, blue cheese crumbles, and butter until smooth and completely blended together. Mix in chopped chives and the olives, if using.  
 
Step 2: Cover and chill until firm enough to shape into a ball, at least one hour.
 
Step 3: Form the mixture into a ball (use clean hands) and roll the ball in finally chopped walnuts. Cover the ball completely with the walnuts. 
 
Step 4: Chill until ready to serve.  Serve with crackers.



 

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