Zesty Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball
We wanted to make a homemade version of the ubiquitous supermarket cheese ball-and make it taste good.
Why This Recipe Works
Most supermarket cheese balls prove difficult to spread, and their unnatural flavor and orange hue make us wonder whether they contain any real cheese at all. We wanted a simple homemade recipe for cheese balls we’d be happy to serve as a holiday hors d’oeuvre. To achieve this, we used equal parts semisoft cheese and cream cheese to produce a firm yet spreadable consistency, and added a bit of mayonnaise to give our cheese balls a silky texture. We also used small amounts of assertive ingredients like smoked salmon, shallots, and lemon zest to enhance our Zesty Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball recipe’s flavor without compromising the texture.