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
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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