National cheese ball day
April 17th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

April is shaping up to be one cheesy month and today is no exception! April 17 heralds National Cheese Ball Day!

You can really take advantage of today's holiday by enjoying crunchy cheese puff balls, all covered in orange, or by bringing out your silver cheese spreaders to play with the classic appetizer, the cream cheese ball.

The origins have never been hazier for such a famous, kitschy favorite. But many point to vintage cookbook "Food of my Friends," written by Virginia Safford and published in 1944 as a source for the first printed cheese ball recipe.

Cheese balls, love or loathe 'em, are usually made by blending cream cheese with your favorite cheese, spices, chopped onions and garlic. You can even include sweeter options like dried fruit.

Then, it is rolled into a ball and rolled in a crunchy topping such as chopped pecans. You can really add just about anything, and then serve with crackers fanned out around the cheese ball.

Whether entertaining a whole crowd or just wanting something to snack on for the evening, try this blue-ribbon bacon and broccoli cheese ball recipe. And if these truly make you want to run screaming from the house because it reminds you of your aunt's hideous cheese ball, then by all means, dig into a bucket of cheese puff balls and turn those fingers orange.

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  1. myfoodiebrain

    My mom makes a curried cheese ball full of bacon, chives, peanuts, golden raisins and curry powder. It's topped with a peach or mango chutney. As a kid I thought I hated anything curry until I later learned that the cheese ball I craved every Christmas was full of that orange goodness. Delicious!

    April 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  2. AleeD®
    It's national Richard Day?

    April 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  3. Mildred

    So what was that first printed cheese ball recipe?

    April 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
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