The Ultimate Cream Cheese and Onion Ball
Looking for an easy cheese ball recipe? Look no further than the Ultimate Cream Cheese and Onion Ball! Stuffed with caramelized onions and coated in crispy fried onions, this cheese and onion ball is sure to get the party started!
- 500g / 1.1lbs Cream Cheese
- 500g / 1.1lbs Onion, finely diced
- 160g / 2 cups Fried Onions (store bought or homemade)
- 100g / 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- few sprigs of Fresh Thyme
- Salt & Black Pepper
How to caramelize onions: Melt your butter over medium heat in a suitably sized non-stick pan and mix in your onion. Once softened, add your salt, pepper and thyme. Turn to low heat and stir occasionally ensuring an even cook for all the slices. After around 20-25 mins they will begin turning brown and releasing sugar. At this point add in your brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Keep on low heat. Cook for a further 25-30mins, stirring occasionally until dark brown and sticky.
Take off heat and leave to cool. Once cool, combine with your cream cheese and cheddar. Taste for seasoning.
Drop cheese mixture onto a large sheet of cling film and form into a ball. Pop in the fridge until needed (at least 60 mins to firm up).
Before serving, roll in your crispy onions and ensure a full coverage. Serve with nibbles of choice!
a) How to caramelize onions - For a more thorough tutorial check out my caramelized onions recipe. It's really important to fully caramelize them to ensure they end up sweet and sticky. If you rush the process the onion taste is going to end up way too overpowering.
b) Amount of caramelized onions - The above recipe will produce around 1 cup of caramelized onions. Feel free to double to recipe for a sweeter onion flavour!
c) Coating just before serving - Because you want the crispy onions to stay crispy, don't coat them and let it sit in the fridge, they'll go soft. Wait until you're ready to serve and then coat the cheese ball.
d) Homemade crispy fried onions - If you want to make your own then finely dice 2 heaping cups worth of onions and pat with a paper towel to extract as much moisture as possible. Evenly coat in seasoned flower (shake off excess in a sift) and shallow fry until golden and crispy. Drain excess fat on a paper towel and you're good to go!
e) Serving and calories - it's pretty difficult to say how many people this will feed, but my estimate is comfortably 10. Calories based per serving (1/10th).
Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.71g | Protein: 7.41g | Fat: 18.54g | Saturated Fat: 11.436g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.709g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.108g | Trans Fat: 0.118g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 9.16g | Vitamin A: 1350IU | Vitamin C: 11.6mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 0.9mg