These easy to make ahead cheese balls or logs are so very simple and easy to make for any large gathering or party. My mother used to make them around the holidays for large family gatherings but they are great any time of year. Plan to make these at least one to two days ahead. They will keep if well sealed in plastic wrap for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
Allow two packages (8 ounces each) of cream cheese to soften at room temperature.
You’ll want very clean hands and/or to wear disposable kitchen gloves because you are going to massage the ingredients evenly and well throughout the cream cheese.
Add packets of dried salad dressing mix and/or any other flavoring ingredients chosen and start massaging. Just squeeze, squish, and massage until the ingredients are well mixed throughout the cream cheese.
Divide equally and form two large or four smaller balls or form into two to three logs and roll to coat well in paprika.
Next, roll in finely chopped nuts of choice. You will want to gently press the nuts into the cheese so they will stick better.
Seal well in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to sit undisturbed for 24 to 48 hours so the flavors can meld really well.
Remove from refrigerator and allow to warm up at room temperature for about twenty to thirty minutes, unwrap, place on serving platter, surround with an assortment of crackers and some butter or dinner knives, provide napkins and/or saucers for your guests, and you are ready to serve!
Cheese Balls or Logs Made Easy
- 2 packages cream cheese 8 ounces each softened at room temperature
- 2 packets dry dressing mix (herb, vegetable, or ranch) unprepared
- 1 to 2 1/2 ounces paprika
- 1 teaspoon or to taste of each: seasonings and herbs of choice optional
- 1/4 cup parmessan or Romano cheese optional
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts of choice (pecans, walnuts, etc.)
Massage all ingredients except paprika and nuts into the cream cheese until well and evenly blended throughout. Divide into two to four equal portions. Form two to four cheese balls or logs. Roll in paprika to heavily coat. Roll in nuts and press lightly into cheese to stick better. Seal well in plastic wrap and refrigerate 24 to 48 hours.
Remove from refrigerator and allow to rest at room temperature for twenty to thirty minutes to soften slightly. Unwrap and place on serving platter with an assortment of crackers.