This post is sponsored by American Dairy Association and Dairy Council
Are you still looking for some easy ideas to fill your Christmas or New Year’s menu? Then look no further! These simple Mini Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball Bites are the perfect addition to any holiday buffet.
Everyone loves a good cheese ball and a holiday buffet table is usually not complete without one. You can certainly buy a cheese ball already made at the grocery store pop it on a plate along with some crackers but making one is just as easy and you can customize it however you’d like. On my quest to not stress about holiday cooking this year I came up with these cute little bite size cheese ball bites that are individually portioned. I even included edible pretzel sticks instead of toothpicks so everyone can grab and go.
I know Mother Thyme readers love Cheddar Ranch recipes as my Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels are one of the most popular recipes on the site so I couldn’t resist opting to feature a Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball opposed to a more traditional cheese ball with nuts and dried berries. These savory mini cheese balls are great to eat alone but I suggest including some crackers aside them as well.
I have partnered once again with my friends from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council to not only feature this holiday inspired recipe but to bring awareness to to something that is very important to me. The Great American Milk Drive, a partnership between America’s dairy farmers and Feeding America to deliver milk to families in-need across the country and in your local communities. Milk is the number one nutritious product requested by food bank clients, but it is rarely donated. The Great American Milk Drive is delivering thousands of gallons of milk to families who would otherwise go without this holiday season and all year long. To date, more than 400,000 gallons, that’s over 6 million servings of milk have been delivered. With as little as a $5.00 donation you can help a family in need of milk in your community. As we head into the holiday season it’s important to think of those that are less fortunate and a $5.00 donation can make an impact to a family in need.
The ADADC has also launched the #GiveAGallon Challenge to raise awareness about hunger and the basic need for milk for underprivileged families. Every time a photo is posted on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook of a person, group or pet wearing a white mustache with “#GiveAGallon, Text “MILK” to 80077” from Dec. 14, 2015 to Jan. 15, 2016, ADADC will donate $1 to Feeding America’s Great American Milk Drive, until $25,000 is donated. It’s that simple!
Join me, the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council (@AmerDairyAssoc) and eight other food bloggers to celebrate the holiday while also providing milk to those in-need at our #GiveAGallon Twitter party on Thurs., Dec. 17 from 9-10 p.m. EST! We’ll be chatting about holiday recipes, cooking tips and ways we give back. For each guest who attends and uses the #GiveAGallon hashtag, $1 will be donated to The Great American Milk Drive to help give a gallon to those in-need.
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Mini Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball Bites
- 1 package 8 ounces cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese or cheddar cheese blend
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dill
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup crushed Ritz crackers
- 12 pretzel sticks
In a large bowl mix cream cheese with cheddar cheese, garlic powder, dill, parsley flakes, onion powder, salt and pepper using a back of a fork until blended.
Scoop 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture and gently form into a ball.
Roll balls in crushed crackers then place on tray and place pretzel stick into center of ball.
Chill balls for about 30 minutes if needed before serving.
More holiday inspired recipes
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White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Milkshake – Ciao Chow Bambina
Christmas Morning Muffins – Running to the Kitchen
Savory Coeur la Crème with Cranberry – Hungry Couple NYC
White Hot Chocolate – Courtney’s Sweets
Eggnog Muffins – Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Eggnog Dutch Baby – Nutmeg Nanny
Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie, It’s a Keeper
Disclosure – This is a sponsored post. I received compensation from ADADC in exchange for recipe development and post. All opinions are my own.