Tuesday, November 29, 2011
My Favorite Holiday Treat, Artificial Coloring and All
It's no secret that I lovelovelove cheese. A visit to a place like Murray's Cheese is really the perfect fieldtrip for me, but my love isn't relegated to fancy cheeses. For as long as I can remember, my grandmother buys a cheeseball and puts it out with crackers before dinner on Christmas Eve. You know the kind of cheeseball I mean; it's a solid sphere of brightly-colored, almond-covered spreadable cheese that has to be unhealthy when consumed in large quantities. It's a once-a-year treat and I look forward to it for months before the holiday.
This awesome post on Chow has me majorly craving the taste of a cheeseball (they are dubbing their creation the 'turducken of cheese'). The tutorial on how to make a gourmet version has really piqued my interest. There are several types of cheese layered on top of one another and the finished product is rolled in almonds, pecans and bacon. Nom nom nom for real.
Even if the Chow creation promises to melt in my mouth, I still can't wait for the traditional port wine cheeseball, courtesy of my awesome grandma. Only 25 more days to go...
Photo via Chow (via Culture)