A classic cheeseball is spiced up with jalapenos, ranch seasoning, and a crunchy potato chip coating!
The food blogging world is a wild and wonderful place. It’s filled with some of the kindest, most creative, and most multi-talented people I know. Really, how many people do you know that excel in not just one, but MULTIPLE disciplines? Food bloggers do it all–they bake, they cook, they create, they photograph, they write, they manage social media accounts, AND they build relationships with giant companies.
This food blogging world is filled with some of the most inventive and unique dishes you can imagine– things like Naan Reuben Pizza or Chocolate Chip Cookie Baklava or French Onion Chicken Sandwiches. As much as I love drooling over the latest and greatest out there, I realize that sometimes I get so caught up in it that I forget about the classics.
Classics like cheeseballs. Seriously, what happened to the cheeseball? It’s been yeeeeeears since I’ve had one, but they were a regular part of my childhood. The kind I grew up on was fairly standard–cream cheese, maybe some green onions, and a generous coating of chipped beef. This has to be one of the easiest and most loved appetizers out there, and yet I’ve waited all this time to make it myself.
No longer. You guys? I’m bringing cheeseballs back. (Why does this just not have the same ring to it as “I’m bringing sexy back?” I don’t get it).
This Jalapeno Ranch Cheeseball is just a slightly different take on the classic. Like always, it starts with cream cheese and green onions, but this version gets dressed up with a few jalapenos, a handful of shredded cheddar, and a packet of Ranch dressing mix.
That’s right, I said a packet of Ranch dressing. Sometimes shortcuts are necessary. Those times include:
1. When you’re running late for the New Year’s Eve party you were supposed to bring an appetizer to
2. When you don’t want to go to the store to pick up fresh ingredients because you haven’t showered in 3 days.
3. When you obviously don’t have time to make something from scratch because the finale of The Sing Off is still hanging out on your DVR-unwatched. Priorities, people.
AND 4. Having children of any age. (This isn’t from experience, but I’m willing to give moms a break on just about anything. Heck, you could let your kids drink ranch dressing straight from the bottle and I wouldn’t judge. That parenting business is not easy.)
Buuuuut, if you want to be super fancy and make your own mix, you can check out this recipe. It’s actually not that hard. The holidays have just destroyed every ounce of DIY I ever had in me.
Anyways, back from tangent land. Here’s how this whole cheeseball thing works: Everything gets stirred up together then shaped into a quasi ball/globe/spherish thing then it’s covered in crunchy Jalapeno Kettle Chips. That last step is totally optional, but it does add some nice pizzazz. If you want you could throw in some hot sauce or sriracha to amp up the spice or even coat it in bacon bits. The cheeseball is your canvas. Go nuts.
However you do it, I’m sure everyone will totally flip out over your “retro” cheeseball. After all, who doesn’t love a classic?
Recipe by Neighborfood