Before I begin, I must make a confession ..This post is a hijacking! I stole it from Lori. It was she after all who, inspired by our wildly popular Carrot Shaped Fiesta Cheese Spread recipe, was excited to share yet another amazing CHEESE BALL recipe from Bronner’s Flavorful Favorites cookbooks with you, here. But it was upon dreaming up this grand DIY Greenhouse garden charcuterie board that I begged her to let me write it! Together we worked to bring this vision to fruition, and I think you’ll be inspired too. In addition, this cheeseball recipe is SOOOO GOOD. Like, SO. GOOD! As a matter of fact, I’ve already had to make it again since discovering it last week. I am convinced you’ll wonder where it was your whole life, too!
Delicious Cheese Ball Recipe
While most blogs might make you wait until the middle or end of the post to get the recipe, I am not going to do that. 🤣 Because let’s face it, this post all started with our search for a delicious cheese ball recipe. Which we found, consequently, in Bronner’s Flavorful Favorites 1st Edition Cookbook. (And believe me when I tell you there are no shortages of delicious cheese dips, spreads and ball recipes in Bronner’s cookbook collection! Combined they feature over 800 recipes.)
To make it most ideal for charcuterie boards, consider making mini, bite-sized balls instead, as we did! We rolled some of the mini cheeseballs in chopped walnuts just as the recipe calls for. And to accommodate those with nut sensitivities, we opted for a coating of finely chopped parsley on others. The vibrant green herb, boasts many health benefits, and looks as fresh and mouth-watering as it tastes!
Delicious Cheese Ball
Cheese Ball Filling
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese
- 5 oz. Old English Sharp Cheddar Cheese (1 small jar)
- 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 2 tbsp. Bleu Cheese Dressing
- Onion minced, to taste
- 4 oz. Walnuts chopped
- Parsley finely chopped, optional
- Mix all the cheese ball filling ingredients together.
- Next form into a large ball, or alternatively, mini bite-sized balls. Then chill.
- Roll in nuts or chopped parsley and serve with your favorite crackers.
How To Make A Stunning Garden Charcuterie Board
Without a doubt, inspiration abounds in this “Stunning Spreads: Easy Entertaining With Cheese, Charcuterie Fondue & Other Shared Fare” cookbook by Off The Eaten Path Blogger Chrissie Nelson Rotko. The 188 page cookbook features 75 recipes for platters & boards and is currently available at Bronner’s (1253435).
It was Chrissie’s Tailgate Board idea that inspired us to include our delightful bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers! Because with gardens piping full of peppers we realized what a perfect pick they are for a garden-themed charcuterie board, too.
Salami and Pepperoni are, of course, a must for a charcuterie board. Turning them into roses is a stunning idea for a summer spread. Easily create them by folding slices about two-thirds, overlapping, around the rim of a small or medium glass. Finally, gently upturn them onto your board. Without a doubt, these meat “flowers” are sure to impress.
Along with cold meats, which define charcuterie boards, things like olives, crudites, a variety of cheeses and crackers or nuts beautifully come together to make the perfect party platter for backyard barbecues, summer soirées and more.
Of course, mentioning all the delicious treats are a given for a beautiful board. But the most obvious piece of our garden-themed charcuterie board is the incredible focal point this DIY greenhouse creates! (Can you believe it is made from twelve, 4×6 frames?!)
In addition to displaying some smaller house plants within, like a small bonsai tree and cactus as we have here, it’s also a fun way to showcase some of your garden’s bounty. For example, we clipped glass mushroom ornaments onto sprigs of fresh parsley to complete our charcuterie board’s dreamy gardenscape. A centerpiece on a large board is also a great way to economize if you are not feeding a large crowd of guests.
The best part of all? After the food has been enjoyed, memories have been made and the friends and family have gone home, this lovely greenhouse may also be used in your home décor, too. Find our DIY Greenhouse tutorial here.