How to make spicy cheese balls

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Looking for a little heat to spice up your game night? Well, look no further than these spicy cheese balls! It's the perfect appetizer for any fan of heat! This creamy yet zesty dish has a blend of various cheeses, spices and veggies that is a sure-fire way to impress your friends, while simultaneously making them sweat!
Not everyone loves spicy food, so it's important to know your audience! Making a cheese balls is not a precise science, so feel free to add as much or as little spice as you and your guests like. The recipe below calls for jalapeño pepper, which can be swapped out for another pepper if you prefer. The cream cheese itself acts as a cooling factor as you eat it, so you can add a little more if you dare!
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Spicy Cheese Balls
4-6
10 mins
0 mins
1h 10mins
1 1/2 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup small diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup small diced green bell pepper
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, veined, and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Tabasco (or other favorite hot sauce)
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 teaspoon paprika
In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, pepper jack and cheddar cheeses.
Using a hand mixer, thoroughly blend the cheeses together.
Add all other remaining ingredients, except the sliced almonds and paprika to the bowl.
Fold together all the ingredients until the mixture is well blended.
Using clean hands, shape the cheese mixture into a bite-size ball shape. Repeat until all of the mixture is used.
In another bowl, combine the sliced almonds and paprika until all the almonds are seasoned.
Gently roll the balls in the mix. Make sure the almonds cover as much of the surface as possible.
Return the balls back in the mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the fridge.
Allow cheese ball to set in the fridge for at least one hour.
After a minimum of one hour, remove the cheese ball from the fridge.
Place the coated cheese ball on a serving dish, garnish with extra green onions and diced jalapeño, if desired. Serve surrounded by tortilla chips or Ritz crackers.
Pro-tip: Make sure your cream cheese is as close to room temperature as possible at the start. This will make combining the other ingredients much easier!
Pro-tip: Like it REALLY spicy? Use a hotter pepper, like habanero for an extra hot kick!
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