Caramelized Bacon and Onion Cheese Ball…oh yeah!
I love a good cheese ball you guys. I will proudly wear the title of “cheese head”. Although it does sometimes get me into trouble with portion sizes. I enjoy it so much I find myself pushing it out of my mind that I could easily over indulge on things like this cheese ball.
So take my word for it and be ready to ration this baby out or get your serving and walk away. Just walk away Keri, walk away. Yes, I have had this conversation with myself before. Nothing like to coach yourself out of a cheese overdose! No judgment, right?
It is so delicious and very addicting! With only around 2 net carbs per serving it makes a great snack with your favorite low carb crackers or raw veggies. My Caramel Bacon and Onion goodness is very rich so a little will go a long way.
You will not feel deprived with just a few tablespoons. So don’t worry. For those that follow THM, this will fall into the “S” category.This irresistible snack is perfect for those family game nights or holiday parties. Oh and we can’t forget those Super Bowl gatherings in a couple of months.
Isn’t it insane that we are already thinking about things in 2017? Where does time go when it is going by so fast? Time is so precious and it seems to fly. Enjoy every moment with your loved ones and make them happy with good food, like cheese ball!
Whomever you choose to share this Caramelized Bacon and Onion Cheese Ball with will absolutely love you when you bring this simple dish out surrounded by their favorite crackers like these easy almond flour crackers.
These quick crackers are a family favorite and they are gluten and grain free. You can find this Crispy Almond Sesame Crackers over at the Low Carb Maven’s site. Her recipe calls for sesame seeds but I had used the last of mine the night before making this Lemon Sesame Chicken for dinner. I just threw in a few poppy seeds. If you need a nut free cracker you can check out my easy Garlic Poppy Seed Flax Crackers here.
To make this recipe you will need five basic ingredients found at any local grocery store plus a couple of spices. It is not complicated nor is it time-consuming. The longest step in this process will be letting the cheese ball chill the fridge.
For your shopping list you will need: 2 blocks of cream cheese, bacon, one medium onion, cheddar cheese, walnuts or pecans. The pantry items you will need for this recipe are your staple spices like garlic and onion powder and plastic wrap. If you have a favorite spice that you think would go well with the bacon and onion flavor feel free to sub that spice here.
Always start dips and cheese balls with softened cream cheese. I just set mine out on the counter early in the morning or the night before and let it come to room temperature. Once your cheese is soft enough to mix you just need to cook your bacon until it is crispy and caramelize your onions.
Fry the bacon until it is nice and crispy then set it aside on a paper towel until it is cool. Next chop the onion up into small dices and toss it into a hot skillet with a little of the bacon drippings. To get a sweeter caramelized onion you can add a teaspoon of sweetener if you like. I love to sprinkle in a little low carb brown sugar, but that is totally optional. The goal is to have nicely browned onions that are tender and flavorful.
By this time in the process, I am usually drooling from all the wonderful smells that are filling the kitchen. But some how I always manage to hold out for the finished product. It is so worth the wait my friends! If you have made it this far without eating all the bacon then it and your onions to the softened cream cheese with your spices and mix it thoroughly.
Lastly place the mixture in the center of a piece of plastic wrap. Cover the cheese ball mixture in the plastic wrap making sure to cover all areas. Next use your hands to gently form a ball shape. Chill it in the fridge for at least an hour. The chilling period will help the cream cheese set up firm making it easier to roll it in your chopped nuts before serving. The longer you allow it to chill the more the flavors marry together.
And oh what a sweet delicious union those flavors make! Are you a cheese head like me? Do you find yourself hovering close to the cheese ball table at parties? If so I would love to hear about your favorite recipe and hopefully you will give this recipe a try as well.
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