This creamy cheese ball includes all of your favorite flavors - buffalo wings, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, and cream cheese. Yum!
There are a few foods that I absolutely adore and can't get enough of: feta cheese, buffalo chicken dip, bbq chicken enchiladas, watermelon jam, ice cream, the chocolate cake recipe I made for my dad's birthday.
I have to admit that cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and blue cheese are also high on my list. That's where this recipe came from, a glut of blue cheese salad dressing that I wanted to get rid of.
If you like buffalo wings as much as I do, you are going to LOVE this cheese ball. It is smooth and creamy with a hot zing. You can, of course, vary the amount of hot sauce that you use to make your cheese ball more spicy or more mild. Play around with it, starting with 2 tablespoons as I suggest, and adding more when you're all finished mixing - only after tasting and deciding that it needs more spice. Tasting is the key here.
I debated about rolling the cheese ball in pecans before or after it hardens in the fridge. The pecans would certainly stick better and easier before, but the cheese is so messy at that point that I was afraid the pecans would get covered with cheese goo and your ball wouldn't look so nice. So it is a little more difficult to make the pecans stick after it's hardened, but it will look a lot better in the end. You're welcome.
I suggested that you serve this buffalo cheese ball with crackers, celery sticks, and carrot sticks. I thought that celery and carrots would make it authentically hot wing-y, whereas crackers just fit with every cheese ball ever. You are welcome to serve it with any veggies (I think cucumbers would also be quite nice).
How to make a buffalo cheese ball with blue cheese dressing
- In a medium bowl, mix the blue cheese salad dressing, onion powder, garlic powder, and hot wing sauce.
- Microwave the cream cheese for 30 seconds or until it is soft. It may take two go-rounds for 30 seconds each, but mine is usually soft after the first time.
- Add the softened cream cheese to the salad dressing mixture and blend well.
- Add the cheddar cheese and mix to distribute.
- Lay out a square of plastic wrap and dollop the cheese mixture in the center. Use the plastic wrap to form the cheese into a ball. Think of making a snowball.
- Wrap the finished ball in the plastic wrap and set it in the refrigerator to harden. This will take a few hours.
- Once the cheese is firm, unwrap the ball and roll it in the chopped pecans.
- Serve with crackers, celery sticks, and carrot sticks.