Photo: Ryan Schulz
These creamy cheddar and apple bites may be unusual, but they're sure to please any cheese lover (young or old).
1 250 g block cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup orange juice
1-2 peeled sweet apples, such as Empire, Ida Red or Red Delicious
3/4 cup finely grated cheddar
Cut cream cheese into cubes and place in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until smooth. Coarsely grate apple onto a paper towel. Fold up paper towel and squeeze out excess liquid. Place packed grated apple in a small bowl and add orange juice. Toss to coat; this will prevent apple from browning quickly. Stir apple into cream cheese and refrigerate until firm, 1½-2 hours.
When firm, scoop 1 heaping tsp (7 mL) and roll into a ball. Place grated cheddar on a plate. Roll apple ball in cheddar until coated, then place on a platter. Repeat with remaining cream cheese mixture and cheddar. Serve immediately.
If made ahead, apple balls will keep well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 1 day.
Carbohydrates 4g, Fibre 11.5g.