Easy Freeze Dried Strawberry & Cream Cheeseball
Updated: Aug 28, 2020
Here is a super fast & easy fancy looking appetizer or snack! I came up with it for Tennis Day (Feb. 23). It's a riff on Strawberries & Cream, which is a Wimbledon tradition. I have not made it to Wimbledon yet, but I'd like to go. :)
While it is fancy enough for a party, it's fun & easy enough to make for yourself everyday: 2 ingredients & 1-2 min.!
I love tennis! I started playing when I was growing up. I have fond memories of running around with my brothers playing tennis all the time. I also have fond memories playing tennis with my Dad after work. The place we played tennis at was near my father's office. My father used to come home from work around 7:30 or 8pm and then we'd go back out there and play tennis in the last 9-10pm slot. I also have fond memories of my Mom driving me around all over for tennis. Lots of good memories. :)
Why is Strawberries & Cream a Wimbledon tradition?
"Historians believe that the tradition was started by Thomas Wolsey, an extremely powerful figure in the court of King Henry VIII.
He was known as the king's right-hand man, as well as the Lord Chancellor. In 1514 Thomas built a grand palace along the riverside, which today we know as Hampton Court.
It is believed Thomas first served strawberries and cream at a banquet in 1509. [Interestingly,] Back then dairy products were seen as peasant food by the upper class. It's not clear why the head chef thought to serve it to the King's court alongside a handful of strawberries.
Researchers think it was down to logistics, as Thomas would entertain at least 600 guests at a time. All of which were fed extravagant feasts twice a day.
The Tudors thought nothing of eating their way through 44 courses at the dinner table, so a dish that didn't need much preparation would have been appealing to the palace staff.
Thomas' palace had a tennis court, where staff also served strawberries and cream to spectators. It's thought that this is the reason why we now associate Wimbledon with the dish."
Other fun facts about Strawberries & Cream at Wimbledon
"The winning combination was served at the first ever Wimbledon tournament in 1877, when 200 spectators came to see the Championships.
And on average 10,000 litres of cream and 28,000 kg of strawberries are eaten at the tournament each year, according to the official Wimbledon website."
While it is fancy looking, it is super easy and only takes 1-2 minutes!
- Natierra Freeze dried strawberries
- Philadelphia Cream Cheese
For the one I made here, I used about 6 slices of organic strawberries and 2 oz. of cream cheese (1/4 of the package). However, I didn't use all of the strawberries; just enough to coat it.
If you are making a bigger or smaller cheeseball, you may need more or less strawberries.
I decided to use freeze dried strawberries for the texture. A lot of cheeseballs have nuts on the outside or a crust on the outside, so I thought the freeze dried strawberries would give a similar texture.
Btw, freeze dried strawberries taste like candy and this package has 100% of Recommended DV of Vitamin C and only 140 calories.
1.) Put your strawberries in a plastic bag.
2.) Crush them with a hammer or rolling pin, etc.
-- I think it's fun to use a hammer, haha! :)
3.) Mold your cream cheese into a ball.
4.) Put your cream cheese ball in the bag with crushed strawberry and roll it around to coat it.
That's it! So easy!
In the thumbnail above and one of the photos below, the cheeseball has a Keto Cheez-It or cheddar crisp (link), so it's an entirely low carb appetizer/snack.
You can also serve it with crackers, crostini or a baguette. Or for something on the sweet side, you could also serve the Freeze Dried Strawberry Cheeseball with shortbread cookies.
Here is a good shortbread recipe I tried with a cool Ziplock bag hack from the Stay at Home Chef.
Give it a try! We are good at this!