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Apps in a Snap: Cheese Balls

For an easy and fast appetizer with a new twist make our Party Cheese Balls. Watch this video to learn how to make this app in a snap.

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-The iconic cheese ball I remember growing up was the port-wine and cheddar ball. I'm gonna show you how to make a quick and elegant version at home. Start with a bottle of Ruby port and some chopped cranberries. We're gonna add the cranberries to the port so they soak up all that flavor. You also need some room-temperature cream cheese and some sharp cheddar. I'm using white, but you can use either. First, we're gonna make our port-soaked cranberries. In a small saucepan, combine half a cup chopped cranberries and about a quarter of a cup of the port-wine. Just heat that over low heat for about five minutes and remove it and let it cool. In the meantime, make the cheese spread. This is really easy in a food processor. Just add about 8 ounces room-temperature cream cheese and the same amount of cheddar. Give that a quick pulse until it's smooth and creamy. It will take about a minute. Now, back to our port-soaked cranberries, to strain them and then pat them dry with paper towels. Then, stir them right into the cheese mixer. Now comes the fun part. Rolling it all together. So, to make this super easy and keep your hands clean, use an ice cream scoop. Grab a heaping scoop of the cheese mixer then drop it right into the bowl of chopped trail mix or whatever topping you're using. Use the palm of your hands to coat the outside. There! Isn't that pretty? It's a fun and festive snack to serve with crackers at your next party. For more videos, recipes, and tips, go to rachaelraymag.com.