For starters, we cannot stop watching the animated shots of the cheese ball coming together; it's mesmerizing! Chow republished this recipe in honor of national cheese ball day (did you know there was such a thing?) which apparently was yesterday.
Cheese balls may be a bit old fashioned, but they are great for a crowd. This particular version is the ultimate of cheese balls: five pounds of cheese, including layers of flavorful toppings like parsley, chives, dried figs, toasted walnuts, pears, sliced almonds, pecans, and bacon. Chow started with a solid core of washed or bloomy rind cheese, and used cream cheese mixed with toppings as the glue between layers. It looks like a serious kitchen effort, but we'd love to try a bite!
What's your favorite way to make a cheese ball?
Get the recipe: How We Made the Turducken of Cheese Balls at Chow