New Year's Eve Cheese Balls and Cocktail recipes

(Courtesy: The Beard and The Baker)

Mini Cheese Balls

1 package cream cheese, room temperature

1 heaping cup pepper jack cheese, shredded

1 heaping cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

Wellshire bacon bits

365 nacho cheese tortilla chips

pretzel sticks

Seasoned Marcona Almonds

1 cup Marcona almonds

1-2 teaspoons favorite seasonings such as - lavender sugar, cinnamon and sugar, harrisa

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade

1 lemon (half for juice, half for garnish)

1-2 Tablespoons sugar

1 part Champagne (or lemon lime soda)

1 part lemonade


Mini Cheese Balls

Mix cream cheese, shredded cheeses, and cilantro in stand mixer until fully combined. Set in fridge until ready to form into balls.

Using food processor, chop tortilla chips until very fine almost like sand.

Lay tortilla chips and bacon bits on separate flat plates for rolling.

Form cheese mixture into about 1inch wide balls. Roll into bacon bits or tortilla chips until fully coated.

Set on serving plate. Stick top with a pretzel stick.

Leave in fridge until ready to serve!

Seasoned Marcona Almonds

Pour Marcona almonds into dish. Top with favorite seasoning, use spoon or fork to fully coat almonds.

Serve in clean dish or put in mason jar and give as hostess gift.

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade

Juice half of a lemon, pour in shallow bowl or curved plate. Cut remaining pieces of lemon into slices or wedges for garnish. Pour sugar onto a flat plate.

Dip rim of glass into lemon juice then into sugar to coat.

Toss a handful of blueberries into bottom of glass.

Pour one part Champagne (or lemon lime soda) into glass and top with one part lemonade.

Garnish with lemon peel or wedge and cute straw.

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