Looking for a cool appetizer for chilling out Memorial Day weekend? These cheese balls take your everyday onion dip to the next level. They are inspired by the caramelized onion cheddar cheese block found at Trader Joe’s. They are easy to whip up and they become an awesome finger food if you poke each one with a pretzel stick before serving.
First, make the caramelized onions by sauteing one small yellow onion with 1 Tbls of butter and 1 tsp of sugar over medium low heat. The onions will shrink to half their size! It usually takes 20 to 30 minutes until the chopped onion is reduced to little sweet onion bits.
While the onions are cooking, add the cheese ball ingredients into a medium bowl. Mix together the softened cream cheese, a little onion soup mix, and some grated cheddar.
When the onions are caramelized, stir them into the cheese mixture. Then, roll it into small balls and dip the balls in the chopped nuts. And if you don’t feel like rolling individual balls, just roll the whole mixture into one big ball or two smaller logs, and press the nuts to the outside!
Caramelized Onion Cheese Balls
1 small yellow onion
1 Tbls butter
1 tsp sugar
6 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tsp onion soup mix
1 ½ c cheddar cheese
½ c chopped nuts, such as pecans, walnuts, or almonds
- Make the caramelized onion bits by sautéing the onion, butter, and sugar over moderate low heat until shrunken and golden brown, about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix the softened cream cheese, onion soup mix, and cheddar in a medium bowl.
- When the onion are done, stir them into the cheese mixture.
- Roll into small balls and dredge the balls in the chopped nuts.