Bacon Cheese Balls
I tried this for the first time at a friend’s dinner party and loved the flavor profile of this snack. I have been making this for so many years now and experimenting with different flavors. If you wish to make variations, continue reading. I have listed down below different ways to make this recipe extra special. Experiment a little and find a flavor combo that makes your taste buds happy!
Bacon cheese balls are deep-fried, bite-sized finger food that you cannot stop munching. It is a pretty straightforward recipe. The key ingredients for this recipe are potatoes, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Mashed potato mixed with bacon and cheddar cheese and fried till crispy and golden. Panko bread gives it a light and crispy coating and potatoes make it soft and fluffy on the inside. It has smokiness from the bacon, and it also adds a crispy crunch. The spicy kick is from cayenne pepper and black pepper. It is good cheesy in the inside and cheddar cheese melts extremely well. But you can add the cheese of your choice. It tastes delicious when it is warm and the cheese is melty and oozy. Give this recipe a try, you will surely love it.
Ingredients to make Cheese balls
The main ingredients in this recipe are cheddar cheese, crispy fried bacon, boiled potatoes, eggs, and breadcrumbs. This recipe calls for sharp cheddar cheese and cream cheese. But you can go ahead and use any cheese of your choice. For this recipe, you can use boiled potatoes, but leftover mashed potatoes also work perfectly for this recipe. Potatoes make a creamy and soft filling. If you are using leftover potatoes, add a tablespoon of flour or bread crumbs to balance the moisture content of the filling. Use panko bread crumbs for a light and crispy coating. But you can also use regular bread crumbs too.
Simple and easy variations of cheese ball recipe
There are a few ways to alter or jazz up this simple bacon cheese balls recipe, here are a few ways. Experiment and find a flavor combo that you and your family can enjoy!
1)If you are not a fan of potatoes try using cooked and mashed chickpeas or mashed cauliflower instead.
2)This recipe calls for crispy fried bacon. But you can also use other cooked meat of your choices like chicken or beef. You can also use leftover roasted turkey, chicken or beef.
3)You can also make a veggie version with loads of green veggies, potatoes, carrots, peas and any cheese of your choice.
4)Green bell peppers or jalapenos taste delicious with bacon and cheese.
5)You can bring a surprising twist by adding sliced or quartered boiled eggs. Place and egg quarter in the center and roll. Boiled quail eggs or mozzarella cheese balls are fun options too.
6)Use any cheese of your choice. Cheddar cheese goes well with bacon. Cream cheese and goat cheese are also great options.
7) Use garlic powder, onion powder, ranch flavoring or herbs of your choice.
Bacon Cheese Balls Recipe
Prep time- 20 minutes
Cooking time- 10 minutes
Recipe type- appetizer/ snack
Boiled potatoes- 2 medium
Sharp cheddar cheese- 1 cup
Cream Cheese- 2 tbs
Cooked bacon chopped- 3/4 cup
Onion powder- 1 tsp
Garlic powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper- powder- 1/2 tsp
salt to taste
Cayenne pepper- 1/2 tsp
Chopped parsley- 2 tbs
All purpose flour- 1/3 cup
Bread crumbs- 1 cup
Oil for frying- 2 cup
To cook bacon
Use the skillet method or bake in the oven. For the skillet method heat your skillet. When it is slightly warm place the bacon strips without overlapping. Cook in medium heat three to four minutes, flip and cook the other side. Continue to turn the strips till it reaches desired crispness. To bake in the oven line baking sheet with parchment paper and bacon strips without overlapping. Bake at 400 degrees F for 12- 15 minutes or till the desired level of crispiness. Drain into paper towels. When it cools down chop into small pieces and set aside.
To make the cheese balls
Boil potatoes and mash it gently. Add mashed potatoes, cream cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese in a food processor and pulse till it combines. Add onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper and mix well. Combine chopped bacon and chopped parsley and roll into small lemon sized balls.
Now for the second step, lightly whisk the egg in a bowl. Spread bread crumbs on a plate and keep aside.
Take a spoonful of the bacon cheese mixture and make small balls. Roll each ball in all-purpose flour and dip into eggs and then roll on bread crumbs. Refrigerate this for half an hour.
Heat 2 cups of oil in a pan. When the oil is medium hot, gently slide the cheese into the oil and fry in batches. Fry till it is golden brown and drain on to paper towels.
Freezing the cheese balls.
Cheese balls are deep-fried snacks. You
can make this ahead of time and it freezes well and is a great time
saver. Make balls, dip in egg and coat with bread crumbs. Line them on a
baking sheet and freeze them. Once it is frozen transfer it into
freezer-safe zip lock bags and you always have cheese balls handy and
ready to deep fry. But it is always good to freeze these cheese balls
for them to retain their shape. When it is time to fry, allow it to
defrost for half an hour and then fry.
Hope you will all enjoy!