Tuesday, October 29, 2013

olEYEve cheeseBALLS for a YUMMY HALLOWEEN app

As promised by my last post, "Thinking about Birds: The Movie and Beyond," the much awaited and anticipated recipe for Olive Cheese Balls which are best consumed while watching "The Birds."   For some reason, those pesky birds really liked pecking out the poor victims' eyeballs which is a horror movie definition of "the beginning of the end."   SPIDER ALERT:  If you have a thing about spiders, don't look at the pictures!

Nice juicy eyeball, squish!

OLIVE CHEESE BALLS  (individual pieces)

1 5 ounce Kraft's Old English Cheese in a jar
1 cup flour
1 stick butter - room temperature
Dash Tabasco and/or Cayenne
  (forgot to put Cayenne in pic)
1 jar of green pimento olives
    (small to medium sized)  (well-drained, I finish  drying with a paper towel)

Beat butter and cheese together until smooth.  Add tabasco/cayenne at this point, to your personal degree of heat.  Add flour in small batches until mixture is smooth.  Chill 2 hours, at least.

Through trial and error, I decided it was easier to pinch off a piece of dough and roll out each little piece, using flour - but sparingly.  I tried to roll it in my hands but using a rolling pin gave me better, thinner results. 

Place the dough around the olive and then with your hands, roll into a ball, sealing completely.  Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

If not cooking immediately, chill the balls on a cooking sheet in the refrigerator.  They may also be frozen on a sheet and then stored in the freezer for later use. 

Bake for 8-10 minutes in a 425 oven.  Serve very hot.

Do not pop one into your mouth just after it comes out of the oven.  Patience is a virtue and will keep you from burning your mouth.  They are super hot!

I did not eat dinner before cooking this recipe tonight.  Thankgoodness.  They are very rich.  A few go a long way.

recipe courtesy of my mother via G. Hart, Dallas, Texas

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