Going to a New Year's fête? Taking the requisite bottle of Champagne? And perhaps something nice to share? May we offer a suggestion? (Last question, promise.)
With festive, globe-like appearance, these cheese balls could practically be hung like luminous ornaments on a tree. But they're much better consumed. And because they're so soft and spreadable, they make somewhat easier party food than that awkward wedge of cheese that you struggle to maneuver delicately onto a cracker. From a seed-encrusted goat cheese ball with caramelized shallots and cucumber, to a blue cheese option with homemade candied nuts, to a punchy English cheddar ball spiked with olives, dijon, lemon, and dill, there's something here for everyone.