Election Night Cheese Ball — a winner for the holidays ahead

People in newsrooms all over the country will be working into the wee hours of tomorrow morning. My husband is one of those people.

He headed back to the office just a little while ago with a bag of food in hand to share with his co-workers.

The cookies will be very satisfying as they get washed down with caffeine-loaded coffee that will help weary newsroom inhabitants keep eyes open and brains awake.

Hopefully, the cheese ball will keep everyone moving — from desk to cheese ball to desk, back and forth. It will keep their circulation going strong:)

This cheese ball is so easy to mix up. I made this one yesterday so that it would have time for flavors to develop and blend together. I dipped into the bottom of it before I let it out of the house. I wanted to eat more. But, if I would have kept digging in, my husband would have been hauling a hollow cheese ball to work.

With its little bits of green and red, chopped dills pickles and dried cranberries, this ball of cheesy goodness will be a nice ready-to-eat snack to have on hand for family and friends during the holidays. It can easily be divided into two smaller balls. Keep one for yourself and wrap up the other ball with a package of festive cocktail napkins and a cheese spreader to give as a hostess gift. If you want to spend a little more, set the cheese ball on a small wooden cutting board or a plate before wrapping it up.

Whenever you serve it, this cheese ball is a winner.

Election Night Cheese Ball

  • 1 pound Colby cheese, finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dill pickles
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup sliced almonds

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Pack into one or two bowls that have been lined with plastic wrap. Holding the ends of the plastic wrap will allow you to tug the cheese ball out of the bowl and turn it onto a plate at serving time. Seal the bowl with more plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Serve with crackers. (I like thin Triscuits with this cheese ball.)

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