Mom’s Cheese Ball was a yearly tradition every Christmas Eve with the Law Family. Dad and Mom would pack us kids up along with the goodies and head up to my grandparent’s home. There we would see family that we didn’t get to see as often as we may have wished to. We would sit around their small trailer with grandparents, my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Enjoy the good food and company, and most of the time the music! My Grandpa Law could play just about anything he got his hands on (and my Dad can too!). I can still see him today with his great big grin, his fiddle and his teasing nature.
Time goes by, kids grow up, and my grandparents have all passed on. I still have the memories. It’s a good thing but a sad thing. Good to remember, sad that we don’t get together anymore. When Grumpy and I lived back home, we started a tradition of going to see his mom on Christmas Eve. Now that we don’t live nearby anyone anymore, we don’t really have a tradition. Maybe it’s about time we started one this year!
When I make this recipe, I usually double it. I have made logs in the past as mom always did, but this year I decided to go with making it into a ball. No matter what shape, the taste is still the same and after sitting for a few days the flavor is great.
Don’t let the egg in this throw you off. It threw me off when I first found out that mom put an egg in it. As a child I wouldn’t eat an egg unless I was at my Nanny’s house for breakfast – and then I could only eat it if she would cook the yolk hard! The hard boiled egg in here really is an essential part of the recipe. I don’t think it would be the same if you left it out.
My mom would use a green bell pepper in her recipe, I have changed it a little for my spicy tooth and subbed with jalapeno pepper. I reduced the amount of jalapeno because Grumpy’s a little more wimpy than me in the heat factor zone. Also, I used white extra sharp cheddar for my cheese and bought it as a brick, then shredded it. I highly recommend that is what you do too! The cheese ball looks orangish but that is because when you put the chopped pimento in it gives it a little color. It’s all good!
Do you have a holiday recipe tradition, past or present that involves a family recipe? Leave me a comment below to let me know, I would love to hear your traditions and favorite recipes for the holidays too!
- ½ lb. grated sharp cheese (I use super sharp!)
- 1-2 Tablespoons minced onion
- 1-1/2 Tablespoons minced Jalapeno pepper or 3 Tablespoons minced green pepper
- 3 chopped green olives
- 2 Tablespoons chopped pimento
- 1 chopped hard boiled egg
- ½ cup fine crushed saltines
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Combine all ingredients together. Shape into log (or ball) and wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 day prior to serving.
Today’s Sunday Supper is being hosted by Caroline of Caroline’s Cooking
- 3 Ingredient Citrus Salad by Wholistic Woman
- Caprese Dip by The Freshman Cook
- Easy Persimmon Appetizer with Minted Mascarpone by Caroline’s Cooking
- Goat Cheese & Basil Stuffed Peppadews by My Life Cookbook
- Mom’s Cheese Ball by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Mushroom Pate by Simple and Savory
- Boozy Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa by Cricket’s Confections
- Cranberry Cocktails 3 Ways by Monica’s Table
- Sparkling Pamplemousse by Books n’ Cooks
- Candy Cane Fudge by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Easy Lemon Bundt Cake by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark by Pies and Plots
- Cheese Ball Pops by Palatable Pastime
- Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini by Life Tastes Good
- Cranberry Bratwurst Bites in Cranberry Jezebel Sauce by Turnips 2 Tangerines
- Healthier Sausage Crescent Bites by Momma’s Meals
- Hoisin Beef Purses by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Jalapeno Potato Poppers by Mindy’s Cooking Obsession
- Spicy Sausage Tarts by A Mind “Full” Mom
- St. Louis Ravioli by Bottom Left of the Mitten
- Tuna Salad Deviled Eggs by Food Lust People Love
- Loaded Pizza Stew by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Roast Chicken with Scallions and Mushrooms by Asian In America
- Simple Christmas Pizza by Cooking Chat
- Stuffed Turkey Cutlets by Sunday Supper Movement
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This post was originally written on December 14, 2008. It has been currently updated with new photos and text. The recipe remains the same.