With November underway it is time to start thinking about upcoming holiday menus. I already have my menu planned and I will be sharing it soon, but for now I want to share a tasty amuse-bouche that you might want to feature on your menu in the weeks to come.
We enjoyed these savory truffles this past Sunday and they were well received by everyone including some who are not big fans of the pungent blue-veined cheese. They are simply small balls of cream cheese and gorgonzola cheese that are rolled in cooked bacon-- how can that be bad?! They are delicious just to pop in your mouth, but I like to serve them on a cutting board with pears to slice and small crackers. Then top each cracker with a slice of pear, a truffle, and a wee drizzle of honey. The flavors are perfect for the season.
The score factor in this appetizer is that the cheese mixture can be made up to three days in advance. In fact, you can even take it one step further and roll the mixture into balls and place between sheets of parchment and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. That way, all you have to do before serving is to roll the balls in crumbled bacon. Serve along side a good red wine and your guests will be coming back for more.
Other appetizers that you might enjoy for the holidays
For more appetizer ideas, click on my recipe tab at the top of the page.
makes about 24 (3/4-inch) balls
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces Gorgonzola or a good blue cheese, crumbled
1 Tablespoon minced sweet onion
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 slices bacon, cooked and finely chopped
In a bowl using a hand held mixer, beat the cream cheese, Gorgonzola, onion, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and pepper until smooth and combined. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour or until firm. Mixture can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.
Roll the cheese mixture into 3/4-inch balls. Roll each ball in the chopped bacon. Serve immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve. Allow the truffles to sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers, pear slices, and honey. Enjoy!
Source: Adapted from Southern Living: Easy Entertaining, 2009
Those look amazing and super easy too. Honestly, ALL of the apps you have here look so fabulous. Definitely will try these for a next party!ReplyDelete
Ok Nicole, you're messing things up a bit for me - here I am trying to have a low-fat, healthy lunch and then this pops up! Yum - they're making me drool - will definitely put this on the holiday rotation!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I hope you enjoy them:P
Low-fat?! What is that? Having said that, I will be sharing a low fat baked good tomorrow:)
You named these better than I would have....ooooey, gooey, bacon balls!ReplyDelete
So delicious looking! YUM!ReplyDelete
These look delicious! I am going to make them for a dinner party this weekend... I might even go really crazy and roll them in candied bacon. Thanks for sharing this!ReplyDelete
This is such a great little recipe! They look incredibly addictive.ReplyDelete
These sound and look so insanely delicious. I bet they would be good on a salad, too!ReplyDelete
These are unique, sound great and would be perfect for the holiday. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Gorgonzola and bacon? Yep, you've got my attention. I think these would be gone within minutes at any cocktail party.ReplyDelete
If I made these, I wouldn't share them with anybodyReplyDelete
Ha! It is tempting not to share them, but doing so gives you a reason to make more!
Bacon and gorgonzola, mmm! What a great recipe! If you love bacon as much as I do, you'll want to check out my bacon, bacon, bacon contest for your chance to win skillet bacon jam. It tastes even better than it sounds! http://bit.ly/rv1NWSReplyDelete
What a fantastic appetizer! Love it.ReplyDelete
I was browsing for truffle ideas, the sweet kind, and these totally caught my eye as I am a complete cheese-aholic. Brilliant idea, and nice collection of recipes :)ReplyDelete