Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with Cream Cheese and Green Onions

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Our easy cheese ball recipe is made with cream cheese and green onions, giving it a ton of flavor. There are a few herbs added to the cream cheese base, making it a savory appetizer to serve.

Create this easy cheese ball in about 20 minutes. Cheese balls are best served the same day they are made. Cheese balls can made the day before serving, and it will stay good for up to 3 days in the refrigerator for any leftovers.

Serve your cheese ball with thin bread or your favorite crackers. You can change up the nuts that cover your cheese ball by using chopped pecans or almonds.

Make sure to serve your cheese ball with a knife for cutting. Your crackers will not be strong enough to cut through the cheese ball on their own.

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with Cream Cheese and Green Onions

Serve your cheese ball with plain crackers to enjoy the flavor of the cheese ball.

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with Cream Cheese and Green Onions

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with Cream Cheese and Green Onions

How to make an easy cheese ball recipe with cream cheese and green onions
Prep Time20 mins
Refrigerator1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer
Yield: 2 cheese balls

Materials

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp green onions sliced thin
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp parsley fresh and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano dried
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped finely

Instructions

  • Place cream cheese in a large bowl. Use a hand mixer and mix on high for a couple of minutes until its glossy.
  • Add green onions, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix on medium until fully combined.
  • Add cheddar cheese and mix on low-medium until combined.
  • Take half of the cream cheese mixture and form it into a ball shape.
  • Place walnuts on a place, making sure there is a mono-layer of walnuts.
  • Roll the cream cheese ball over the walnuts until it's fully covered.
  • Wrap the cheese ball with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 1 hour. Repeat with the other cheese ball.
  • Unwrap your cheese ball and let it soften for about 10 minute before serving.
  • Serve your cheese ball with crackers or thin bread for your guests.
Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with Cream Cheese and Green Onions

Pesto Bread Appetizer

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Pesto bread appetizer is a savory appetizer that you can use as a pull apart bread, or cut into sections to serve. Pesto bread appetizer is a twisted bread recipe which creates a beautiful look to the bread when you serve it to your guests.

Pesto bread appetizer is topped with parmesan cheese which crisps up in the oven. The twisted bread recipe comes out of the oven golden brown when it’s finished.

We recommend serving the pesto bread warm as an appetizer. It’s best served right out of the oven to your guests.

Pesto bread appetizer uses fresh pesto which has more flavor than store bought pesto. You can substitute store bought pesto if you’re unable to make any fresh.

Pesto Bread Appetizer

Pesto Bread Appetizer

How to make a pesto bread pull apart appetizer
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Active Time30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer
Yield: 10 people

Materials

  • 2 tsp dry active yeast or instant
  • 1 cup warm water (100-110 degrees F)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour all purpose
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh pesto
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese grated finely

Instructions

  • In a large stand mixer bowl, place yeast and warm water. Let stand for ~10 minutes until yeast blooms. Fit your stand mixer with the dough hook.
  • Add olive oil, salt, and flour to the yeast mixture. Set the stand mixer to low speed while it combines the ingredients together.
  • Set the dough to knead on low to medium speed for ~5 minutes. The dough should come away from the sides after a few minutes. If the dough is sticky, add 1 tbsp of flour as needed.
  • Remove the bowl from the stand mixer. Place a clean kitchen towel over the bowl and put it in a warm location in your house. Let the dough ball rise for ~1 hour until it doubles in size.
  • Roll your dough out on a floured surface until it reaches 18" x 12".
  • Spread pesto all over the dough, leaving a 1 cm margin from the edge of the dough.
  • Roll the dough lengthwise. Pinch either end of the dough to seal it.
  • Leave an inch from the top, then start cutting the dough in the center, down the middle, right through the dough. Twist the dough on top of one another. Twist each piece until you reach the end of the dough. Seal the ends of the dough together to make a circle.
  • Place the dough on a baking sheet. Add parmesan cheese all over the dough.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 25 minutes until crust is golden brown.
  • Serve immediately. You can serve it as a pull apart bread, or cut into sections for your guests.
Pesto Bread Appetizer
Pesto Bread Appetizer

Make Ahead Crostini Appetizer Recipe Ideas

Crostini appetizers are very fun to make and look incredible for a serving platter! Most crostini appetizers are best made right before serving, but we came up with a few make ahead crostini appetizer recipe ideas.

prosciutto appetizer bread

These crostini appetizers can be made ahead in the morning of your party, or the evening before your party. The trick is to have your crostini, then put fruit slices, or cheese on the crostini. Next, place your jelly/jam, on top. Finally, place your nuts, herbs, etc. on top. Wait until just before you have your party to add your honey or balsamic reduction. You’ll want to add these just before your party so it doesn’t soak into the bread and make it soggy. Store your prepared crostini appetizers in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to prepare your serving plate.

  • Apple slices, feta, walnuts, honey
  • Fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes (halved), strips of fresh basil, balsamic reduction
  • Brie, blueberry jam, mint leaves
  • Brie, apple slices, honey, walnuts
  • Brie, pear slices, arugula, balsamic reduction

9 Crostini Crackers Recipe Ideas

Crostini cracker recipes are easy and fun to make. Place all of your finished crostinis on a new serving platter for your guests to enjoy. Crostini crackers are best made right before serving. The longer the liquid leaks into the bread, the more soggy they will be. Avoid this by making them just before serving. Aim to make at least 3 different types of crostini cracker appetizers so your guests have a variety to choose from.

  • Goat cheese, prosciutto, spinach, honey, balsamic reduction
  • Fig jam, brie, prosciutto, arugula
  • Ricotta, sliced strawberries, strips of fresh basil, balsamic reduction
  • Cream cheese, fresh pesto, diced tomatoes, parsley
  • Mashed avocado, arugula, cajun shrimp
  • Ricotta, peaches, walnuts, honey
  • Cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, fresh dill
  • Ricotta, sundried tomatoes, strips of fresh basil
  • Goat cheese, sliced apricots, arugula, balsamic reduction

Crostini appetizers with goat cheese can easily be changed into using ricotta cheese or cream as an easy substitution. 

If you’re feeling up for a bit more of a challenge, try making a meatball crostini appetizer plate. Make mini meatballs for your crostinis. Then top the crostini with a bit of tomato sauce, and place your mini meatball on top of it. Serve them immediately, your guests will love to eat them warm. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mini-meatball-crostini-3582014

12 Guacamole Crostini Cracker Recipe Ideas

Guacamole crostini crackers are one of the most popular appetizers you can make your guests. Make your guacamole, and smear on the crostini using the back of a spoon. You can top the guacamole crostini with:

  • Cajun shrimp
  • Pistachios, fresh cilantro
  • Pineapple pieces
  • Salami
  • Caramelized mushrooms and fresh oregano leaves
  • Sliced radishes
  • Feta cheese and diced tomatoes
  • Halved cherry tomatoes
  • Smoked salmon
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Prosciutto
  • Pomegranate seeds

If you don’t have the exact ingredients listed above, try mixing them up with your own flavors using different jellies, jams, cheeses, meat, and herbs. You can come with a ton of different recipes on your own like you might love!

crostini with brie honey almonds

Raw Apple Appetizer

Raw apple appetizers are a great addition to your next party. Get ready to try out some new recipes!

prosciutto appetizer bread

Recipe Ideas for Raw Apple Appetizers

Prosciutto Appetizer with Apples

Flavor packed appetizer served on a sliced baguette
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, bread
Yield: 10 people

Materials

  • 100 grams prosciutto separated into long 6 cm pieces x 1 cm width
  • 2 tbsp fig jam
  • 10 leaves basil fresh
  • 1/2 apple thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic reduction
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 baguette sliced

Instructions

  • Slice baguette into rounds that are ~1 cm thick
  • Brush baguette slices with olive oil
  • Toast baguette slices for 2 min on broil high in the oven
  • Remove baguette slices from the oven and set on a serving plate
  • Using a knife, apply a bit of fig jam to each of the baguette slices
  • Place 1 basil leaf on top of each of the baguette slices
  • Cut the apple in half. Cut the halves in half. Remove the seeds/center bits. Slice the apple thinly so they fit nicely on the baguette slices.
  • Place the prosciutto on top of the apple slices
  • Top with a bit of balsamic reduction

Notes

prosciutto appetizer with fig jam

Basil Recipes that are Not Pesto

How to use basil in recipes other than pesto?

Basil is a such a fragrant herb that adds incredible flavor to everything from appetizers to dinner ideas.

Recipe Ideas for using Basil that are not Pesto

  • Margarita Pizza
  • Prosciutto Pizza
  • Garlic pasta with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil
  • Prosciutto appetizer with apples
  • Bruschetta

Basil is such a great addition to pizza! Even if you’re not making a margarita pizza, adding basil to your favorite pizza will give it a delicious favoring!

prosciutto pizza with fresh basil and nectarines
Prosciutto pizza with fresh basil, grilled nectarines, and balsamic reduction
homemade margarita pizza
Margarita pizza

Any easy way to spice up your favorite pasta dish is to add basil. Try making this garlic pasta dish topped with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes. The flavor of the basil really comes out in it!

There are a ton of appetizer recipes to try with fresh basil.

Here are 2 of my favorite basil appetizer recipes.

Prosciutto Appetizer with Apples

Flavor packed appetizer served on a sliced baguette
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, bread
Yield: 10 people

Materials

  • 100 grams prosciutto separated into long 6 cm pieces x 1 cm width
  • 2 tbsp fig jam
  • 10 leaves basil fresh
  • 1/2 apple thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic reduction
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 baguette sliced

Instructions

  • Slice baguette into rounds that are ~1 cm thick
  • Brush baguette slices with olive oil
  • Toast baguette slices for 2 min on broil high in the oven
  • Remove baguette slices from the oven and set on a serving plate
  • Using a knife, apply a bit of fig jam to each of the baguette slices
  • Place 1 basil leaf on top of each of the baguette slices
  • Cut the apple in half. Cut the halves in half. Remove the seeds/center bits. Slice the apple thinly so they fit nicely on the baguette slices.
  • Place the prosciutto on top of the apple slices
  • Top with a bit of balsamic reduction

Notes

prosciutto appetizer with fig jam

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

How to make roasted tomato bruschetta with fresh basil, restaurant style
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time22 mins
Total Time52 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, bread, bruschetta
Yield: 2 people

Equipment

  • Oven
  • brush

Materials

  • 1 pkg grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil cut into strips
  • 1/2 baguette sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for brushing bread
  • 1 garlic clove cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Place grape tomatoes into a small bowl and drizzle olive oil on top. Add salt and pepper. Mix gently with a spoon until all the tomatoes are covered in oil.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place grapes evenly dispersed on the pan.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 min.
  • While the tomatoes are baking, slice half of the baguette. Brush each piece of baguette with olive oil on one side.
  • Once the tomatoes are finished baking, preheat the oven to broil on high.
  • Broil the bread for 1-2 min, watch carefully. Only toast them until your desired doneness.
  • Place the tomatoes into a small bowl and add fresh cut basil. Mix them together with a spoon.
  • After the bread has finished toasting, rub each piece of bread with the ½ garlic. This gives it just a hint of garlic flavor, without being overpowering.
  • Add tomato mixture onto the bread pieces.
  • Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

homemade bruschetta
homemade bruschetta with basil
Recipes

Watermelon Mango Salsa Recipe

Watermelon and mango salsa is a go to dish in the summer. It’s best eaten when you can get all of the ingredients when they are in their prime.

The sweeter the fruit, the better the watermelon mango salsa recipe will taste.

Watermelon Mango Salsa Recipe

What can you eat watermelon and mango salsa with

  • tortilla chips
  • tacos
  • fajitas
  • quesadillas
  • burritos
  • enchiladas

One of my favorite dishes to serve is fish (salmon) topped with watermelon and mango salsa. It’s refreshing, and a burst of flavor that goes well with salmon.

What can you eat watermelon and mango salsa with

How to make fresh watermelon mango salsa by hand

Get your biggest cutting board out and get ready to start chopping!

It’s best if you start with the bigger fruits – watermelon and pineapple first.

Cut the larger fruit pieces into ~ 0.5 cm pieces.

They will fit on a tortilla chip well if you cut them this size.

watermelon mango salsa recipe

How long is fresh watermelon mango salsa good for

Watermelon mango salsa is best served in the first 2 days, but you can keep in the fridge for up to 3 days after making it.

fresh watermelon salsa recipe

Watermelon Mango Salsa Recipe

How to make watermelon and mango salsa recipe.
Prep Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: salsa
Yield: 3 cups

Materials

  • 1/2 cup watermelon cubed
  • 1 mango cubed
  • 1/4 pineapple cubed
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped, seeds removed
  • 1/2 small red pepper finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch paprika
  • pinch cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Chop watermelon, mango, and pineapple into small pieces ~ 1/2 cm cubed. Put them into a medium size bowl
  • Put on gloves. Begin to cut jalapeno in half. Remove all of the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno. Discard these. Finely cut the jalapeno into tiny pieces. Add these to your bowl. Wipe the surface of your cutting board clean and discard gloves.
  • Finely chop red onion and red pepper, add these to your bowl.
  • Juice lime and add it to your salsa.
  • Pour olive oil over salsa. Add salt, paprika and cumin to taste.
  • Your salsa is ready to serve. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
How long is fresh watermelon mango salsa good for

Party Chip Dip

Best Cream Cheese Chip Dip Recipe

How to make a cream cheese dip recipe for your next party.
Prep Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, chip dip, dip
Yield: 12 people

Equipment

  • Large serving platter
  • hand mixer/stand mixer

Materials

  • 1 pkg cream cheese softened
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 3-4 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 bag tortilla chips

Instructions

  • Beat together cream cheese and mayonnaise until fully combined.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture with the back of a spoon onto large serving plated until ~ 1/3 – 1/2 cm thick.
  • Pour salsa onto cream cheese mixture and spread with the back of a spoon until it fully covers the edges.
  • Sprinkle green onions and tomatoes all over the salsa.
  • Cover the whole dip in cheddar cheese.
  • Serve immediately with tortilla chips or store covered in fridge until ready to serve.

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

Step by step guide how to make roasted tomato bruschetta recipe in about 30 minutes. Roast your tomatoes in the oven with drizzled olive oil. Mix with fresh basil when it comes out of the oven. Make your own crostini breads by brushing your baguette with olive oil and toasting them on high heat. When they come out of the oven, rub the breads with garlic to give them a hint of garlic flavor that won’t be overpowering.

Our roasted tomato bruschetta recipe is a restaurant style bruschetta that is to die for!

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

How to make roasted tomato bruschetta with fresh basil, restaurant style
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time22 mins
Total Time52 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, bread, bruschetta
Yield: 2 people

Equipment

  • Oven
  • brush

Materials

  • 1 pkg grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil cut into strips
  • 1/2 baguette sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for brushing bread
  • 1 garlic clove cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Place grape tomatoes into a small bowl and drizzle olive oil on top. Add salt and pepper. Mix gently with a spoon until all the tomatoes are covered in oil.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place grapes evenly dispersed on the pan.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 min.
  • While the tomatoes are baking, slice half of the baguette. Brush each piece of baguette with olive oil on one side.
  • Once the tomatoes are finished baking, preheat the oven to broil on high.
  • Broil the bread for 1-2 min, watch carefully. Only toast them until your desired doneness.
  • Place the tomatoes into a small bowl and add fresh cut basil. Mix them together with a spoon.
  • After the bread has finished toasting, rub each piece of bread with the ½ garlic. This gives it just a hint of garlic flavor, without being overpowering.
  • Add tomato mixture onto the bread pieces.
  • Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

homemade bruschetta
Bruschetta