Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball
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I don’t know about you, but this summer has been a busy one for me. I am thankful, though, because it has meant lots of fun times with my family and friends.

Whenever I head to someone’s house, I always like to bring something with me. Whether it is a big pitcher of sangria, a tray of cupcakes, or another yummy treat, I try not to show up empty-handed.

Although I tend to rely on a few standard recipes, I always keep an eye out for something new. Any recipe that is delicious, easy, and affordable is a winner in my book! If it involves cheese, so much the better!

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball | Inspired by Charm

I’ve found that cheese balls are always popular at parties. They are a tasty snack, and you can get really creative with the ingredients. Since I’m also a big fan of buffalo chicken, I knew that combining the two would be a match made in heaven.

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball | Inspired by Charm

I started off with some delicious, rich, and full-flavor Extra Sharp Cracker Barrel Cheese. When you are making a cheese ball, I’ve learned you need to use really good cheese. And when you can buy award-wining cheese at the grocery store, I’m all about it! Cracker Barrel Cheese is know for it’s rich and full flavor. It really does make this recipe shine as it’s bursting with flavor!

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball | Inspired by Charm

This dish comes together so quickly; you may just want to bring it to every party.

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball | Inspired by Charm

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball

Here’s what you will need:

3 tablespoons blue cheese dressing
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons buffalo sauce (Frank’s Red Hot)
8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
1½ cup Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
½ cup walnuts (finely chopped)

Let’s get cooking!

In a large bowl, mix blue cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, buffalo sauce, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Then, form the mixture into a ball.

Spread out the chopped walnuts on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll the cheese ball in the walnuts. Wrap the plastic wrap around the ball and refrigerate it for at least thirty minutes. Serve with celery and crackers.

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball | Inspired by Charm

That’s it! A delicious, quick, and easy recipe for any get together! Your friends and family will gobble it up. Just be prepared – they may be inviting you to every party from now on.

Okay, enough talk. It’s giveaway time.

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball | Inspired by Charm

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Buffalo Cheese Ball

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball | Inspired by Charm

By Michael Wurm, Jr. Published: August 8, 2013

    Author: Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. In a large bowl, mix blue cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, buffalo sauce, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Then, form the mixture into a ball.
    2. Spread out the chopped walnuts on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll the cheese ball in the walnuts. Wrap the plastic wrap around the ball and refrigerate it for at least thirty minutes. Serve with celery and crackers.
      1. My go-to favorite party dish is similar in theme to yours. Hands down it’s buffalo chicken wing dip. We always bring it when we go to parties, and it’s always on the table at parties we host.

      2. I found a chocolate cupcake recipe with mint chocolate chip frosting that is to die for. I like bringing it to gatherings just to share the deliciousness.

      3. I love to bring a platter of hot rockets to parties: cream cheese stuffed jalapenos — fresh from our garden — wrapped in bacon and baked at a high temp until the bacon is thoroughly cooked. They’re always a hit!

      4. My favorite party recipe is definitely Buffalo Chicken dip. People are always asking me to make it when I am coming over!

      5. I love popper dip! Cream cheese, cheddar, jalapenos and bacon! MMMM, doesn’t get better than that in TX!

      6. My current go-to for parties is ranch pretzel pieces – we’ve started calling it “Crack” – I’m sure if this were a drug – we would all be addicted to it!!!

      7. Peanut Butter Popcorn
        1 big bowl of popped popcorn (“old maids”/unpopped kernels removed)
        1 cup light corn syrup
        1 cup white sugar
        1 cup peanut butter
        1 tsp vanilla
        salt to taste
        In a small saucepan dissolve sugar in corn syrup over high heat. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until incorporated and pour over popcorn. Stir the popcorn until well coated adding salt as necessary. Spread on wax paper in chucks to cool.
        I love this recipe because it’s super simple to remember and to make. Even people who aren’t peanut butter fans like it because the peanut butter flavor is not strong and it’s kind of caramel-y.

      8. My favorite thing to make for a party is kind of similar to yours, but it is buffalo chicken dip, made in a crockpot. It always goes over amazingly and I get to keep the leftovers (if there are any!).

      9. Bacon wrapped apricots with a currant/soy sauce dipping sauce…..they are extremely addictive, and so easy to make!!

      10. Meatballs:

        Use frozen or make your own, frozen are great. Dump into a crock pot.
        On stovetop over low heat, put 1 1/2 cups grape jelly, and 1/2 cup yellow mustard. Let simmer until smooth, can assist with a spatula, pressing down.
        Pour the glaze over the meatballs! DELICIOUS and easy, can do ahead. Don’t have to use crockpot can do on stovetop. Experiment I have also used cranberry sauce with sweet chili sauce, or other flavors of jelly, basically a sweet and tangy sauce.

      11. My most-requested party snack is my homemade spinach and artichoke dip. It tastes great hot or room temperature. I serve it with tortilla chip scoops. I always bring home an empty dish, and get requests for the recipe!

      12. It the winter months I like to do cheese dip in a mini crockpot or Italian Wantons. They’re slightly labor intensive but incredibly delicious and I always get compliments on them. In the summer I like to put homemade pesto and cooked tortellini on a tray and party snackers can just dip the pasta into the pesto with tiny toothpicks. Tasty and adorable!

        • Omg. All of that sounds fabulous. And, I must tell you, I absolutely love your avatar picture!! Happy as a bird with a french fry! Love it. :)

          xo Michael

      13. I love to layer a jar of salsa in a round glass baking dish with 8 oz of cream cheese cut into pieces and a can of diced jalapenos. Cover with shredded cheese and bake @350 for 20 minutes or just until the cheese has melted. Serve with tortilla chips!

      14. My go to recipe for parties is usually peanut butter, cream cheese browny cupcakes. Super easy and look good too. Buffalo chicken dip is also a frequent partier, easily made and warmed in a mini- crockpot.

      15. I take my Taco Dip in a crock pot to keep it it warm, and a bag of chips. There is never any to bring back home!

      16. I like to prepare a spinach dip in a bread bowl. I have tried several different recipes from online. It’s easy and always popular.

      17. A layer of softened goat cheese wrapped around big giant seedless green grapes. Then roll in crushed pistachios or fresh minced herbs.

      18. I like to go seasonal and fresh so in the summer I use my bumper crop of basil and make Caprese Salad mini-skewers (cherry tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella) and a balsamic dipping sauce or fresh grilled pizza cut into bite-sized squares, 2″ or 3″.

      19. It depends on the type of party – either pesto pasta salad, shrimp/cream cheese dip with crackers or some sort of cookie as I bake cookies all the time!

      20. I love to make pesto pasta salad: mix cooked pasta with pesto sauce; add a container of crumbled feta cheese; top with toasted pine nuts and voila! You can also add shredded or cubed chicken.

      21. My go-to is baked brie with brown sugar and walnuts. Looks and sounds fancy, but surprisingly simple and appropriate any time of day as an appetizer. I always get rave reviews!

      22. Chili/Cheese casserole cut in small squares……..YUMMY! Equal parts cheddar and jack shredded…put 1/2 in sprayed pan…….layer with diced chilis…….another layer of the cheese………cover all with eggs beaten with chili powder and bake.! Good served warm or room temp!

      23. If I have the time, veggie lasagna! With ripe summer veggies, bechemel & tomato sauce, also mozzarella, ricotta. It always looks great and is so yummy.

      24. my Mom used to make a pina colada fruit dip and i love it, too.
        all u need is:
        1 (3.4 oz) pkg coconut cream pudding mix
        1 cup crushed pineapple, UN-drained
        3/4 cup whipped topping like Cool Whip
        1 cup milk
        In a mixing bowl, mix together the pudding mix, cool whip, and milk with a hand mixer for 2 minutes. Blend in the pineapple without stirring. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes; serve with fresh fruit.

      25. My favorite party recipe is so easy – fresh mozzarella cubed, 1 leaf of basil and one grape tomato speared on a toothpick!!

      26. One go to favorite is veggie pizza on crescent dough crust, flavored cream cheese and then topped with different fresh veggies.

      27. My favorite AND most requested is Pizza Dip. (served hot/recipe on Pinterest) but I buy pre-made pizza crust for dipping. It’s delicious!!!

      28. Cream cheese, sour cream, and scallions… add some celery salt and pepper and it’s the most delicious dip!

      29. I like to make tortilla rollups – and I can imagine this dip spread on tortillas, with diced celery, rolled up and sliced into little wheels!! Think I will try it!!

      30. I like to make a cheeseball that contains chopped dried beef, toasted pecan pieces, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onion and a splash of Worchestershire sauce. It’s delicious with Wheat Thins or Triscuits!

      31. This is something I make at every party or event I plan, its a hot spinach dip. How can you go wrong with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon with spinach. Yum!

      32. Pour Pepper Jelly over Brie in an oven safe vessel and heat until cheese is just soft in a 350 degree oven, serve with crackers, apple and pear slices! Delicious, quick, easy…and always GONE!23

      33. My new summer favorite is Caprese Bites. Marinate fresh mini mozzarella balls for 30 minutes in Italian or balsamic dressing. Drain them, then put one on a cute decorative pick or skewer with a grape tomato and a fresh basil leaf. Yummy and light!

      34. I love to bring things that are new and fun. My latest favorite are red velvet crackle cookies. So easy and made with cake mix!

      35. My favorite go to recipe for fixing a quick snack is wrapping bacon around a water chestnut then dipping them in a mixture of soy sauce and brown sugar. Put in oven set on 400 until bacon is crisp. These are always a hit.

      36. I like smoked salmon canapes – Cream cheese/chopped salmon spread on pumpernickel rounds, topped with diced sweet onion.

      37. We just had a work party today! My go-to dish – and yep, I took it today – is fresh fruit. So many people break out their deliciously unhealthy appetizers or desserts for get togethers, and I find that fruit is always well received and a refreshing compliment to the other offerings.

      38. Okay so I’m going a little crazy on this,but what the heck go all out right?
        If you have the time, make this pie or in little tarts, EVERYONE LOVES IT. http://warfieldfamily.com/2013/06/chocolate-spike-pecan-pie/

        Veggie that isn’t a salad or a veggie tray? http://warfieldfamily.com/2012/09/spicy-squash/

        Veggie that you want to make but not get soggy? http://warfieldfamily.com/2012/09/our-favorite-italian-salad-dressing/ make the cucumber salad version

        Southern Dinner? http://warfieldfamily.com/2012/08/pineapple-upside-down-cake/

        Cookout? http://warfieldfamily.com/2012/07/sandis-pasta-salad/

        Finger Foods: http://warfieldfamily.com/2011/10/jalapeno-poppers/

        Great Gift as a thank you for a dinner party,etc. make in small bottles.http://warfieldfamily.com/2010/11/homemade-vanilla/

      39. I love to make bruschetta bites. I like to use slices of baguette. Another favorite is sun dried tomato anf lentil pate on crackers, ideal for vegetarian guests.

      40. I always loved my dads quick appetizer for cocktail parties with friends. A package of cream cheese like an unwrapped block and place on plate, pour Pickapepper sauce over top and place ritz crackers all around on plate. You can’t stop dipping into it — good stuff!

      41. My go to party recipe is 3 Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip
        1 package of cream cheese, softened ,1 can 15 oz chili and 1 cup shredded cheese. Layer, microwave and serve with Tortilla Chips yum!!

      42. My favorite to take (and eat) is a simple concoction called “Hot Jezebel”. I mean, with a name like that how could anyone resist. Make a thick, amber glaze of apricot preserves, mustard and horseradish and drizzle over some fluffy cream cheese. Slide a cracker, veggie stick, or even a finger through, and be amazed by all the flavors dancing on your tongue! Savory, sweet, salty, sour, it has it all!

      43. I make Italian Shrimp dip, because it goes with veggies, crackers, or chips – my dad even made an open face sandwich with it once (broiled it!)

        Take a small can of deveined shrimp, rinse and drain it really well, and mash it up with a fork in a bowl that will hold 3 cups at least. Then sprinkle the shrimp with a packet of Good Seasons Spicy Italian dressing mix, then fold in 1 cup Best Foods or Hellmann’s mayo and 1 cup sour cream. Mix well, and refrigerate for a few hours for the seasonings to blend. It’s hard to wait, I know. It’s easy to double, and if you like a little less seasoning, you can fold in just a bit more of the mayo and sour cream 1:1.

        We really love it with cauliflower!

      44. Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are my favorite party dish with cheese
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      45. I love a platter of roasted red peppers, mozzarella balls, pickled mushrooms and olives. I’m Italian so I love the feeling of eating a light appetizer.

      46. 1 block of cream cheese, with homemade pesto on top, then sprinkled with shredded Cracker Barrel and pine nuts. Yummmm…

      47. Our current obsession is Jalapeno Popper dip! So creamy and delicious, we just made it yesterday, all for ourselves. Is that bad? ;) Wherever I take it I’m asked for the recipe and the dish is pretty much licked clean!

      48. I love making smoked salmon bites. Using a pastry crust or some flaky shell, you combine smoked salmon, cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese and chives – mix well. Put it into your bread/shell in a mini muffin tin and bake until bubbly. Serve warm – ALWAYS a hit!

      49. My favorite party food to take are mini pesto pizzas. Slice pizza dough into 15 rounds, then cut in half. (I use the pre-made dough in cans). Roll dough into a ball, then flatten. Spread pesto on each, then top with a slice of Roma tomato, optional pepperoni, shredded cheese and bake. This was adopted from a Pampered Chef recipe.

      50. I always make Roast Beef Bites. You take a regular potato chip add a bit of basil pesto then top with roast beef (from the deli), it’s a super easy & fast appetizer that is so delicious!

      51. One of my favorite things to make (because it’s always a hit) is my chocolate chip cheesecake ball! Cream cheese, butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and chocolate chips are mixed together and then the mixture is chilled, formed into a ball and rolled in graham cracker crumbs! Serve with fresh fruit and vanilla wafers :-)

      52. An old New Orleans debutant party favorite: take a lump of cream cheese (experts put it in a little mold chill it and somehow get it out – I have no idea how they do that) them pour half of a bottle of Pickapeppa Sauce over it. It’s wonderful.

      53. My go-to party/bbq dish this year is Two Ravioli Basil Salad. Choose 2 kinds of your favorite ravioli, cook and chill (I use chicken mozzarella and spinach). Add fresh basil, garlic and olive oil then whatever you have on hand, i.e, grape tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, etc. It’s a hit every time!

      54. The item we get the most requests for is good ol’ deviled eggs–everyone wants them when we get together.

      55. Definitely home made Salsa and Guac

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      56. Since most folks usually cover things in the savory department, my party go-to tends to be something sweet! I like to whip and bring Tembleque – a Puerto Rican dessert typically made around the holidays but wonderfully adaptable for any time of year :)

        What is it? It’s – at its most basic – a coconut pudding. It can be a really fun summertime dessert (it’s served chilled and requires no baking time – hello!) but the flavours have a really lovely warmth that makes it equally delightful in the fall and winter. It also lends itself to some creative license. Don’t like cinnamon? Okay, well switch it out for nutmeg perhaps. Want a bit of texture? Add toasted coconut flakes on top – which also gives it a bit of festive colour. Need something to both cut through and enhance the coconut flavour? Try adding a smidge of vanilla or almond extract. Or maybe some orange blossom water (which lends the pudding to a pleasant finishing-sprinkle of pistachios atop). Looking to make enough for 40 people? The recipe generously lends itself to doubling (and tripling). Looking for personalized desserts? This can easily be poured/ladled and chilled in individual molds (even plastic cups).

        Served alongside a pineapple smoothie (rum optional) or cup of eggnog/cocoa and you have yourself a fun summertime/wintertime/anytime treat!

        P.S.
        It can be served warm, too (though it isn’t traditionally) – just don’t let it hit room temperature. It can be sort of funky then. Chilled or warm is the way to go :)

      57. My favorite pot luck type party food is something I recently came up with while trying to eat healthier. I mix the leanest ground turkey or chicken (seasoned to my liking) with brown rice, cooked spinach, canned mushrooms and Classico brand 4 cheese alfrado sauce. It’s tastes so good and is filling too. I’m thinking next time I prepare this I’ll add chopped onion too.
        The recipe you’ve shared here is perfect for movie night with my gal pals. We meet again a week from tonight and I’m going to try this cheese ball. I’m sure it will be a hit and looks fun to make!
        Thanks for the giveaway!
        welindsey at gmail dot com

      58. Summer time party food – sliced fresh tomatoes, mozzerella and basil drizzled with olive oil or bread dipping vinagrette

      59. Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower bites!

        Ingredients

        1 head cauliflower

        For the batter:

        Dash of Hot Sauce
        ½ c. white rice flour
        ½ c. water
        Salt and pepper to taste

        For the Buffalo sauce:

        ¼ c. Hot Sauce
        ¼ c. canola oil
        Salt and pepper to taste

        Instructions

        Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

        For the Batter, put all its ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

        Break down the cauliflower into smaller pieces, bite size. Dip the pieces in the batter. Make sure it’s completely covered with the batter.

        On a baking pan covered with baking paper place the dipped cauliflower and bake for 15-20 minutes.

        For the sauce, put all its ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

        After the cauliflower are out of the oven, sprinkle the sauce over it and bake again for 5 minutes more.

        Source: amazingpinterestworld.blogspot.com

      60. My go to recipe with cheese is a simple pasta salad, loaded also with colorful veggies.

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      61. Small rounds of french bread topped with pesto, brie and sun dried tomato – stick ‘em in the oven for a few minutes – yummy!

      62. I like to make a tortilla chip dip and it’s so easy to make. In a pyrex pie dish, I layer first 8 oz of cream cheese, spread on bottom of dish. I then follow with refried beans (from a can), then layer ontop mild salsa and top with shredded cheddar cheese to cover top fully. Right before serving, I microwave for appox. 5 minutes, until the cheddar cheese is fully melted. It’s easy, quick and always a hit.

      63. I like making a cold pasta salad with tuna, sweet pickles, shredded carrots, miracle whip, onion, frozen peas and small chunks of cheese and a small amount of ginger. YUMMY!

      64. Yum! Seven layer dip is a great party food :) I also like ranch veggie dips and onion soup mix + sour cream chip dip :)

      65. My go-to party crowd pleasing recipe is for a Vegetable Pizza. The crust is made with Crescent Rolls. After the crust is baked, you then spread with a mixture of cream cheese, mayo, garlic powder, and basil leaves. Throw on fresh finely chopped veggies of your choice (I use broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes). The kicker is the finishing touch….sprinkle VERY GENEROUSLY with “Salad Supreme” seasoning. It’s very easy to make and sooo good!

      66. I love to serve or bring Reuben dip. If I am entertaining at home I use the crockpot, if I am bringing it to someone’s house I put it in a microwavable pie plate so I can last some heat into it when I get there. I always serve with those mini pumpernickle or rye bread slices.

      67. My favorite go-to party recipe is a spinach cheese dip. Warm and cheesy, perfect with chips and crackers. And I love your cheese ball recipe too. perfect for entertaining. :)

        amy [at] utry [dot] it

      68. my go to party recipe is sweet n sour kielbasa. cook the kielbasa by boiling it. let it cool and take off the skin. then this is the weird part, but i swear it’s delicious.

        Get a jar of Heinz (or store brand) Chili Sauce and mix it with equal parts Grape Jelly. Put it all in a pot (or crock pot) and let the sauces blend. Keep warm and serve.

        Again, it sounds odd, but trust me.

        Feel free to add more grape jelly if you want it sweeter or more chili sauce for sour.

      69. I have a favorite appetizer that usually wows party attendants. Green grapes, rolled into a layer of a blue cheese mixed with cream cheese and port, then rolled in chopped pistachios. So unexpected!

      70. My favorite go-to party recipe is one that I got from my sister-in-law. It’s a platter with a block of cream cheese on it, covered over by pimento pomegranate jelly, with crackers to spread it onto.

      71. My favorite is a slow cooker full of my asian meat balls. Made with ground pork, water chestnuts and seasoned with soy sauce, they are always a hit.

      72. Chicken enchilada dip – shredded grilled chicken, cream cheese, mayo, chili powder, taco seasoning, mexican shredded cheese

      73. A tradition in my family is always having some type of cheesy dip in a slow cooker to enjoy with tortilla chips. It normally includes Velveeta, ground beef or sausage, and and salsa, but everyone has their own preferences to mix it up on occasion!

      74. I like the artichoke dip the best. IT’s so yummy and gooey.
        michelletucker at baconnation dot net

      75. I always find myself bringing deviled eggs to any party or dinner! I made them once and that was it, everyone wanted them for every party! I love to make them too so that is alright with me! I would share my recipe but its a secret..!

      76. i like to make a spinach dip in a bread bowl. everyone loves it and it’s super easy to make. i just use the recipe on the back of the soup dip mix.

      77. My “go-to” party recipe that is often requested by family is my Avocado-Tomato-Feta Cheese Salad. I cut up fresh tomatoes, avocadoes, vidalia onions, mix it up with vidalia onion salad dressing and top it with cubes of feta cheese. Always a big hit and very colorful too!

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