Monday, January 3, 2011

christmas morning tradition

Every year I look forward to these little treats my grandmother {Nono} makes for Christmas morning. She always makes these cheese balls as well as sausage balls, the good ol' Bisquick recipe. I mastered the Bisquick sausage balls a couple of years ago. The key is the hottest sausage and sharpest cheddar you can find. I made the sausage balls for Easter a couple of years ago and I'm pretty sure they are responsible for my boyfriend falling in love with me. I now call them boyfriend catchers!

I love both of these recipes. They are super simple and both are terrible for you, I am certain. However, they taste delicious, everyone in my family loves them, and they have very fond memories for me. Isn't that what a good recipe is all about?

Nono received this recipe at her bridal shower. I made her repeat it to me for the 100th time this year, but this time as soon as I got back to Chicago I made up a batch. I changed a couple of things to make them wheat/gluten free and GUESS WHAT?!?!?!?! You couldn't tell!!!! I wanted to cry tears of joy, but instead I stuffed the entire cookie sheet of cheesy goodness into my mouth. I wanted to share, really I did- I PROMISE, but as soon as Boyfriend and Mr. Miles witnessed my frenzy I think they both ran from the kitchen in fear! I took this picture from the second batch.

Nono's Christmas Morning Cheese Balls

2 (5 oz each) Jars of Kraft Old English Cheese
1 1/4 c. Brown Rice Flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Brown Rice Flour)*
1 stick of butter (at room temperature)
1 egg (you do not need the egg if you use regular wheat flour)
Rattlesnake Dust or Cayenne to taste

Cream the room temperature butter, cheese and egg together. Add the flour and spice. Roll into quarter sized balls, dust with a little more spice if you like (I do!) and chill dough overnight. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees. For optimal flavor enjoy on Christmas morning while opening presents!

*If you are using traditional wheat flour you probably need 1 1/3 c of flour and you do not need to add the egg.