Cody Fitchett: New Year’s Eve cheese ball snack

A cheese ball is a great appetizer to snack on throughout the night at any New Year's Eve party. Courtesy photo

New Year’s Eve parties are in their own category when it comes to parties. You invite a special group of people to bring in the new year with, and the food is the main topic of the night. I have found finger food and appetizers to snack on throughout the night at every New Year’s Eve party I have ever been to.

This cheese ball is great for snacking at 11:59 p.m. when you’re bringing in the new year with your friends and family. I was shown this recipe by Barbra Grapes, or better known as my grandma. The chipped beef and the known flavor of the green onion brings a flavor like no other. When paired with the creaminess of the cheese, it’s a combination that will be talked about throughout the following year.

A new year brings new goals and dreams, so I ask you, what is your new goal for 2015? My goal is to be successful at The Culinary Institute Of America when I leave in February and to make my mark on life. Let God be your co-pilot this year and see how your life will change instantly. I wish you the best of luck in the year 2015, and  best wishes from friends and family inside my kitchen at 12 a.m. Jan. 1 to yours.

Recipe Level Of Difficulty: Easy

Yield: 1 Cheese Ball

Cheese ball recipe
– 8 ounces softened cream cheese
– 1 ounce chipped beef
– 5 green onions
– ½ cup pecans

Cheese ball
In a medium-sized bowl, add the softened cream cheese. In a food
processor, add the 1 ounce of chipped beef and the green onions. Pulse in the food
processor for about 10 seconds or until the mixture is really fine. Add the mixture to the
cream cheese and mix with your hands or a wooden spoon. Once the mixture is well
incorporated, shape into a ball. Throw the ½ cup of pecans in the food processor and
blitz for another 10 seconds; just to grind up the nuts and add a little texture to the
cheese ball. Lay the pecans on a cookie sheet and roll the cheese ball around in the
nuts to cover the whole outside surface. Serve the cheese ball with your favorite type of
cracker and on your favorite New Year’s Eve platter.

Cody’s tips
When using the green onions, cut off the root and the upper part of the onion and
use the middle part because it has the best flavor. If you have any more
questions or want more tips email me at chefcodyfitchett@gmail.com.