This week for Mitten Movie Night I’m shaking things up a bit! No beer pairing. Instead I am sharing a quick appetizer that can be made for all the fun parties and tailgates that are going on for Fall. Just a few ingredients and you’ve got a creamy, cheesy, hammy Cheese Ball that you can serve with chips or crackers. Party perfection!
Usually Friday night is the night hubby and I relax. Watch a movie, grab a good beer after eating a great dinner. But tonight is different because I have another date…with my 10 year old! We are heading to see author Johnathan Rand at the local Middle School. On a trip 3 years ago to Mackinac Island we found his Michigan Chillers books so we purchased a few. Since then Big A’s collection has grown quite extensively to include most of the American Chillers as well. Here he is a few years ago for ‘Dress Like A Book Character Day’ in honor of Kentucky Komodo Dragons.
It was exciting when I was reading our local newspaper and found out he was coming right here to our little town! We may be small but we have a great Chamber of Commerce, the Dogwood Fine Arts which is putting this together as well as Southwestern Michigan College who put on plays that just make my jaw drop. It’s a great place to live in the Bottom Left of the Mitten. So he and I are going to head there while Dad & Little A stay home.
Ok, on to the cheese ball! I am making this for a party that we are going to tomorrow. Hay ride, good friends, good food. I’m excited. The nice thing about this is it takes just a few ingredients and quick even though it does require some serious stirring. Check out the video below for directions….
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
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I’m going to come right out and say something that might make my unpopular. Summer is coming to an end and I am very happy about it. I know this kind of talk is shunned, especially in a state like Michigan, but I can’t help it. Fall is the best! Smother everything in pumpkin and give me a chunky sweater and I am in my element. If your bummed about the cooling weather at least be perked up with something that is also a big part of Fall? Football! Let me also share with you my boys favorite snack during games as a peace offering, Ham & Salami Roll-ups.
Our town really gets in to football. My 10-year-old plays on the local Rocket Football team which my husband coaches. No matter what corner of town you’re on you can hear the crowds cheering and band playing on Friday night High School home games. For college teams my house is divided. My husband is University of Michigan but my son is Spartans all the way. Then geographically we live in Michigan but we are within 30 minutes of Notre Dame so we have a lot of their fans in our town too. Oh, and we live within 35 minutes of Western Michigan. As my husband recently said after taking our 10 yr. old to the WMU football camp “It is a great time for kids living in this area with all these great schools around.” I agree.
And don’t even get me started on Pro Football. We live within 2 hours of Chicago so my family is Bears while another part of our family are Lions fans. I could go on but I won’t I would rather show you how with just a few ingredients you can be on your way to wowing your football loving crowd no matter who you root for. Now let’s get on a roll with this recipe!
First, make sure that your cream cheese has softened some. If you try and mix the spices it will be too hard if not and then also you can tar the tortilla when spreading it. I left mine out for about 30 minutes. Once softened add your chili powder, garlic & seasoning salt to it. Mix well.
Next cut up all your cheese and tomatoes. You will get 3 roll-ups from each tortilla so make sure you have 36 pieces of cheese, tomatoes and olives for the garnish.
All that’s left to do is assemble. I lay out all of my tortillas and then layer from there. Tortilla layered with cream cheese mixture, add salami, add ham, add pickle and roll.
Now you will add 3 toothpicks to secure. Cut in even sections. Add piece of cheese, tomato and olive for garnish. If you love ham based appetizers you can also check out my Ham It Up Cheese Ball. And here you are….
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
Thank you so much to Coleen from The Redhead Baker for hosting this weeks Sunday Supper. Get your hungry game watchers filled up fast with these other Easy Football Food Ideas…….
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