So, did ya hear that the Baltimore Orioles have made it to the American League Championship Series?
Baltimore is buzzing with excitement over the prospect of the team making it to the World Series. The city is awash in orange (even the Ravens’ football stadium). Everyone is wearing jerseys and tees and showing their civic (ok, baseball) pride.
On Sunday, for the game that ended a 3-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers, I was invited to go down to southern Maryland for a watch party.
Everyone was to wear orange and bring an orange food, so for this little Orioles-themed shindig I decided to make a cheese ball. I would have made an orange Jell-O, but all of my molds are already packed.
I’m rather fond of the cheese ball; I’ve made them before. And it gave me a chance to clean out some stuff that was already in my fridge.
In fact, the only thing that I had to buy was a block of cream cheese.
So, the ingredients were (in all their vague glory):
- 8 oz block of cream cheese
- the remainder of a tub of pimiento cheese spread
- the remainder of a jar of sliced pimentos
- the remainder of an 8oz bag of shredded mild cheddar
- some cheese from a block of Red Fox Leicester Cheddar (delicious, btw)
- a splash of beer
- some grated horseradish
- some mustard
- poppy seeds
I think that’s it. Anyway, I threw it all in the mixer.
And it came out like this:
This was a lot softer than my other past cheese balls. I eventually got it in a ball, though. I refrigerated it overnight and even froze it a bit so it would maintain its shape.
So here is the finished ball:
The verdict: it was okay. It was surprisingly bland given all of the pimientos and horseradish that I threw in. But I liked it because it used up a lot of stuff that is in my kitchen (I hate to waste food!). And, it gave me something to write about in the midst of my move.
Here is the song Orioles Magic (Feel It).
Let me note that you should really watch the Mets one–it’s a total mid-80s time capsule (JOE PISCAPO!)–plus, I (oddly) know all the words.
Here are more cheese balls for your autumn entertaining: