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Everything Bagel Ball

Cheese balls are a super fun party snack that grownups and kids both love. This one is rolled in a mixture of spices similar to those found on everything bagels, which were invented in New York City around 1980. You can make up your own everything spice blend by swapping in your favorite seasonings, and you can also customize your cheese ball by mixing in other grated cheeses, smoked salmon, or bacon.
Little Sous Cheese
  • Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated garlic flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons flaky or coarse salt
  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (about 1 cup)
  • 2 scallions
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup optional: diced smoked salmon or crumbled, cooked bacon
  • Bagel chips, crackers or vegetable sticks, for serving

Steps:

  1. Step 1

    In a small bowl, combine the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic flakes, onion flakes, and salt. Stir to combine. Set aside until Step 5.
    Sous Tip:
    Kids definitely don’t need to break out the measuring spoons to make this everything spice blend—this is a good time to practice eyeballing measurements.
  2. Step 2

    Place the cream cheese and cheddar in a bowl and blend with a fork until well mixed.
    Sous Tip:
    Cream cheese straight from the fridge will be hard for kids to work with; make sure you let it warm up a bit first.
  3. Step 3

    Use scissors or a small knife to cut the scallions into thin slices. Use the same tool to cut the sun-dried tomatoes into small pieces.
  4. Step 4

    Add the scallions and sun-dried tomatoes (and salmon or bacon, if using) to the bowl. Mix with a spoon until well blended. Using clean hands, form the mixture into a ball. Wrap the cheese ball in plastic and refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Step 5

    Before serving, roll the cheese ball in the spice mix until completely coated. Serve with bagel chips, crackers, or vegetable sticks.