Cheese balls are great party dips because not only are they delicious, they look fun! Today I am sharing a rare breed of cheese balls – avocado. I served this along with the taco bar I talked about yesterday, and it tastes like a creamier version of guacamole due to the use of cream cheese. But it wasn’t just any old guacamole ball because I threw in corn, cotija cheese and chipotle peppers. This cheese ball also made an appearance at my friend’s bachelorette party/weekend in Toronto and everyone was hovering around it until it was all gone. Would definitely be great for the upcoming July 4 holiday as well!
Speaking of bachelorette parties, I actually attended two on back to back weekends which is why I’ve been a bit MIA from social media. The first was in Columbus, OH. We went swimming/diving/water sliding at an Olympic size pool because it was a gorgeous day to be outside and hot enough to find a large bowl of water very appealing (it was like I carried the heat of Memphis up with me), then afterwards had a casual dinner and a fun night out just like the old days in our undergrad years. Yet somehow I failed miserably at getting many photos – so unlike me :-(.
The following weekend was a bit more involved. I hauled myself up even further north to Toronto where we toured a distillery, learned Bollywood dancing, shopped around some markets, flew on a trapeze (video on FB), and finished the weekend off with a nice dinner out and a VIP table at a club downtown. Then I got to drive allll the way back down to Memphis to my attention-deprived cat.
If that wasn’t enough, the week in between those two weekends I started writing the into to my dissertation. Talk about lots of work that needs to be done. After the past week and a half, I think I could sit down in front of this cheese ball and eat just that for dinner. Then again, I may never fit into those bridesmaid dresses if I keep eating like I have this past week!
One year ago: Red, White & Berry Shortcakes
Two years ago: Mojito Fruit Dip
AVOCADO CHEESE BALL
Makes 1 cheese ball
2 (8 oz.) packages reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
1 lime, juiced
2 large avocados, peeled and diced
1/3 cup corn kernels
2 chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce, minced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup finely chopped cooked turkey bacon
1 Tbsp chili powder
- In a large bowl, blend together the cream cheese, cotija cheese and lime juice.
- Stir in avocado, corn, chipotle chile peppers, cilantro and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Form into a ball with hands (refrigerate first if too soft). Wrap in plastic wrap, place in a bowl to hold it’ shape and refrigerate.
- When ready to serve, mix chili powder and chopped bacon and place in a shallow dish.
- Roll cheese ball in mixture and serve with tortilla chips.