Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Dotter Cheeseball

As, I think, some of my readers are from the Dotter crew and others have enjoyed our festivities you are probably familiar with the Dotter cheeseball. My Grandma always somehow knew exactly when it was needed in the course of a celebration and would pull it out generally sometime in between meals when people were peckish and wandering around. We love it and I, some years ago, committed to serving it often myself. Of late, there has been some confusion about who has the recipe and how it works. It is deceptively simple and wonderful. It is somewhat better if left to sit overnight before serving which hostesses appreciate I'm sure. Below is a recipe to consider in your holiday prep for those in-between snacky times or just a good thing to share while talking or playing games. So from my family to yours Merry Christmas!

Dotter Cheeseball

1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese (I usually use reduced fat)
1 tablespoon minced onion (Minced dehydrated onions works too)
1 stalk celery (chopped fine)
salt/pepper to taste
1/3 as much American cheese (or other cheese of your choice ) as cream cheese
2 tablespoon Mayo
Ground Cayenne Pepper - just a couple dashes
Chopped nuts (1/4c. inside if you wish).

Mix all and form into a ball. Roll in chopped nuts. Chill covered.

Enjoy with wheat thins and other crackers.

PS. While this is technically an appetizer, our family tradition includes forgetting to set it out basically every time and serving it as an evening snack.  We love it!

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