2-Ingredient Cheez-It Cheeseball
Updated: Aug 27
I was inspired by Cheeseball Day (Apr. 17) to come up with this easy cheeseball recipe. Just 2 ingredients!
The first cheeseball was served at the White House to Thomas Jefferson and 1,235 pounds. How funny is that? See below for more info.
For some other cheeseballs, check out these posts:
History of Cheeseball Day
The history of Cheeseball Day starts at an unusual point in history, when the first cheeseball appeared at perhaps the most unexpected place, the White House. You see there was a farmer by the name of Elisha Brown, Jr in 1801 who was seeking to present an unusual gift to then President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. So it was that an unbelievably massive ball of cheese wound up on the White House lawn. How massive? 1,235 pounds. Little wonder that it became known as “The Mammoth Cheese”.
From that point it disappeared into culinary history for nearly 150 years, surfacing in a book by Virginia Safford called Food of My Friends. In this book, a recipe was included for the Cheese Ball, and it wasn’t long after that it found itself a staple of cuisine. “Cuisine?” we hear you ask? That rather requires that there is more than one variation, doesn’t it? If you’re like most people, you’ve probably only seen the variety that’s rolled in toasted almonds. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of varieties of cheese balls available for every imaginable occasion!
Cheeseballs can be made of almost any kind of cheese, and rolled in almost anything you can imagine! Perhaps there isn’t even an “almost” to be said here! We’ve seen cheeseballs rolled in crushed Oreos, sparkly confetti topping, diced onions, peppers, and garlic. Anything that goes well with cheese (and perhaps a few things, like Oreos, we don’t normally think of as ‘good with cheese’?) can be the coating of a cheeseball.
- Cream cheese (I used about 4 oz.)
- Plastic bag
- Hammer or rolling pin or cup (something to smash cheez-its)
- I used Parmesan to make parmesan crisps. I don't have any crackers and I make them to be a low-carb cracker.
-- There are a lot of things you can do with parmesan crisps that you wouldn't expect.
-- It's fun, tasty, low-carb and has protein.
-- Also, it's a good way to use cheese that you think might be going bad. Check it out!
** Search "27 from 27 cookbook" on Amazon or links below.
27 from 27, Vol. A1: 27 Easy Fun Recipes from 27 Common Cheap Ingredients
Steps / Instructions:
1.) Put some Cheez-Its in your plastic bag.
2.) Smash them with a hammer. Set aside.
3.) Take your cream cheese and mold it into a ball.
4.) Either put the Cheez-Its on the plate and roll the ball around
or put the cheeseball in the plastic bag and move it around until the cream cheese is coated.
-- I forgot to take a photo of this.
That's it! Give it a try! We are good at this!
It's fast & easy! It's a fun way to eat Cheez-Its and you can do this if your Cheez-Its are getting stale. You can serve it with Cheez-Its, parmesan chips, or crackers or crostinis.