FOFF Bite Size Cheese Balls

by Joanne on January 12, 2012

It’s back to FOFF on Thursday.  Page 15 of Carla Vavala’s book “Fusion of Food and Friends”.

Carla Vavala

These are the most delicious little “poppers”.


Makes 26 cheese balls


  • 8 oz onion and chive flavored cream cheese (or purchase a lighter version “Neufchatel cheese” and add fresh chives and onion, about 1TBS of each).
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese (I used Fat Free mozzarella and these cheese balls STILL tasted delicious!)
  • 2 TBS grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup slightly mashed beans (kidney or black beans) *NOTE: If you eat meat, Carla suggests 4 slices of turkey bacon, cooked and chopped fine.
  • 3/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup walnuts, ground

In a medium bowl, mix all the cheeses (included the fresh chives and onion if using).

Stir in the beans (or bacon), seasoning, and garlic powder.

Shape into small balls, about 2 tsp of mix, and roll in chopped walnuts.

Place on a plate, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.


Hosting a Super Bowl Party?  Why not make some of these. Everyone is sure to love them.



I know you’ve all tasted a cheese ball before but have you ever made one?

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  • At 2012.01.12 09:29, easyfoodsmith said:

    OMG! I have to try this ASAP! Gorgeous pics

    • At 2012.01.12 10:16, Steph @ StephSnacks said:

      These look perfect for having company! And so easy to make 🙂

      • At 2012.01.12 18:35, peggy said:

        Hey – these look sooooo delicious. Your blog is awesome. love coming and seeing your good eats. I’m going to make these soon.

        • At 2012.01.13 07:36, Emilia said:

          Lovely food share! FOFF could work out well as a bloghop too, people could share what they are planning to have on Friday (or weekend) when inviting friends to their houses. What do you think about that idea?

          • At 2012.01.13 11:33, Rachel @ The Avid Appetite said:

            these would also be great on little popsicle sticks! might just be making a variation of this for the Giants game on Sunday!

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