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Mini and Spicy Cheeseball Bites

A cheeseball is one of those party ingredients that are always a sure thing. I mean, who doesn’t love a cheeseball? They’re a perfect complement to crackers, chips or a slice of deliciously crusty bread.  You know what party-goes love more than a cheeseball? They’re own personal cheeseball bites. No sharing with anyone else. In fact, you don’t even need crackers, chips or a slice of deliciously crusty bread.

These mini cheeseball bites have a touch of spicy with salsa as a supporting ingredient and a delightful surprise with rice as a main ingredient. That’s right, rice! I served these over the weekend and one person after another asked for the recipe and then quickly followed the request up with an “is that rice that I tasted in there?” So technically this appetizer also counts as a side dish too.

Fresh cilantro makes these mini cheeseball bites a perfect complement to a Mexican-themed dinner. Skip the cilantro and roll the bites in crushed pecans or get creative with chopped dried cranberries, raisins or breadcrumbs.

 

MINI SPICY CHEESEBALL BITES

 Makes approximately 28 balls.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Riceland Boil-In-Bag white rice
  • 2 eight-ounce blocks of cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese mix
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons salsa (heat intensity according to your liking)
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro, minced
  • Pretzel sticks, as garnish

Instructions

  1. Pre-cook Riceland Boil-In-Bag white rice according to instructions on box. Approximately 10 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool. This step can be made in advance.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese, shredded cheese, onion powder, black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder and ground cumin. Cream together.
  3. Add rice and salsa and mix thoroughly.
  4. Form into balls and roll in cilantro.
  5. Place on platter and insert pretzel sticks as “handles.”
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Post and recipe by The Women Bloggers member Lyndi Fultz of nwafoodie, a hub for food happiness.