For this version of the classic cheese ball recipe, we mixed equal parts crumbly blue cheese and cream cheese, folded in a handful of dried figs and a drizzle of honey, and then coated the whole thing in toasted sliced almonds. The result? A perfectly tangy, spreadable cheese ball with a hint of natural sweetness.
This stress-free appetizer can be made a few days in advance, wrapped in plastic wrap, and stored in the fridge until Thanksgiving Day or Christmas. Serve the cheese ball with crunchy baguette toasts or crackers. Your guests are sure to be entertained and happy before it's time for the big meal.
Blue Cheese Ball with Dried Figs and Honey
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup dried figs, finely chopped
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and crumbled blue cheese together using a rubber spatula. Fold in the chopped figs and honey.
Spread the sliced almonds on a large plate. Form the cheese mixture into a ball. Roll the ball on the plate with the almonds, making sure it is completely coated. Wrap the cheese ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours). Serve with crispy baguette toasts or crackers.