One of the most popular recipes for entertaining guests is the cheese ball. Cheese balls originated in the 1800s but really gained popularity in the 1940s. The reason for this is that they were relatively inexpensive to make, which during wartime was important to the frugal hostess. Eventually, the cheese ball sadly developed a negative reputation due to it’s “lack of class”. Fortunately for cheese lovers, the stigma doesn’t really hold true today and cheese balls are regaining popularity among the Pinterest crowd because of their variety and ease.
We’ve been wanting to create a cheese ball for a while but needed some inspiration. When we received some samples of Pasta Chips we wanted to create a recipe with them. After trying the Marinara Flavor, we decided that a cheese ball with basil and Italian cheeses would be perfect! Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, and fresh basil create the perfect pairing with the Marinara Pasta Chips.
Do you have a favorite cheese ball recipe? What about a recipe that uses Pasta Chips? We’d love to hear all about it! Leave a comment below or use the hashtag #GeekEats!
- 1 block Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1/4 cup Mozzarella, grated
- 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano, grated
- 1/4 cup Sour Cream
- 4 tbsp Fresh Basil
- 1 cup Marinara Flavor Pasta Chips, lightly crushed
- Combine first 5 ingredients.
- Refrigerate for an hour.
- Roll into a ball.
- Roll ball in Pasta Chip coating.
- Serve with remaining Pasta Chips.
*The Geeks received samples of Pasta Chips for review and decided to use a portion as part of this recipe; All opinions are wholly our own. View our Disclosure Policy for more info.