Baked Cheese Balls

Baked Cheese Balls

Simple and fast recipe for a delicious cheese appetizer. My family serves them often at holiday tables. You can fry them as well but baking is more healthy.

 

 

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Prep time clock
10 mins
Cook time clock
20 mins
Total time clock
30 mins
  • Makes about 28-30 cheese balls
  • 3 cups grated semi-hard cheese
  • 3 tbsp semolina
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a medium bowl mix the grated cheese with semolina flour. Then add the egg, salt, pepper and dill and mix thoroughly to form a dough. 
  3. Take about 1 tbsp of mixture and shape into balls. Place the cheese balls on a greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for about 15–20 minutes and another 3-5 minutes on broil. 
Nutrition facts 1 Cheese Ball - Calories:51, Fat:3.9 g, Saturated Fat:2.4 g, Carbohydrates:0.9 g, Protein:3.1 g, Cholesterol:18 mg, Calories from Fat 35, Sodium 72 mg, Vitamin A 2%, Calcium 8%, Vitamin C 0%, Iron 1%, Nutrition Grade D, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
On November 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm, Kiri W said...
Oh man, I could pop a ton of these :)
On November 14, 2011 at 01:13 pm, Erin said...
Those look awesome..I will be trying this one!
On November 14, 2011 at 01:26 pm, Alana S said...
Is this correct? Maybe it ment to say 3 CUPS of semolina? Im confused as to how this would make 28-30 cheese balls?? I would like to try this but dont want to screw it up!! :) Looks delish.
Re:
There is no need for so much semolina flour, 3-4 tbsp are more than enough, depending on haw hard the cheese is. If the cheese is softer you may put even some white flour, to get the right consistency. The balls are no bigger than walnuts, that's why you can make around 28-30 balls. Hope you will try the recipe.
On November 14, 2011 at 02:07 pm, Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen said...
Quick and easy indeed.. :)
On November 14, 2011 at 02:21 pm, janet@fromcupcakestocaviar said...
These sound great!! I love anything cheesy and these sound so simple. I can see my family scarfing these down from the appetizer tray on Thanksgiving! Buzzed ya!
On November 14, 2011 at 03:22 pm, Sandra said...
I wasn't expecting so few ingredients or for them to be this easy to pull together. Score!!!
On November 14, 2011 at 08:40 pm, daksha said...
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On November 15, 2011 at 12:00 am, baobabs said...
wow, these look so lovely!!! I love these as amuse bouche
On November 15, 2011 at 11:42 am, Jessica @ ChefHazard said...
These look great
On November 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm, miami family lawyer said...
I have these all the time, they are very popular in the Colombian comunity, they are called "pan de bono". they are really good.
On November 15, 2011 at 03:10 pm, Taz said...
mmm, I made some of these the other week and they were fantastic. Yours look perfect!
On November 15, 2011 at 05:52 pm, Jessica said...
This is a great recipe to serve for the holidays! love anything with cheese :)
On November 15, 2011 at 07:56 pm, barbara said...
pao de queso!!!!!! its a brasilian dish. we serve it with everything!
On November 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm, Tiffany said...
I love when I happen upon a post in which I have ALL of the ingredients for! I can't wait to make these - maybe as an app for Thanksgiving!
On November 16, 2011 at 08:48 am, Bakeca Incontri Cremona said...
They look delicious! I can't wait to try this recipe!
On November 16, 2011 at 11:23 am, Liz @ Southern Charm said...
WOW. I HAVE to make these. They look and sound AMAZING. I'm wondering how I will be able to serve these and not eat them all myself :)
On November 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm, Lana @ Never Enough Thyme said...
Oh, my gracious! These look delicious. Love the bit of dill in the mix.
On November 16, 2011 at 01:01 pm, Austin Dance said...
yummmm these look delicious! I cannot wait to make them!
On November 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm, Rachel said...
These look so so delicious! Can't wait to try them.
On November 18, 2011 at 11:04 am, Diane {Created by Diane} said...
oh y goodness these look great. I want a whole plate full :)
On November 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm, Michael Lange Ocala said...
yummm cheese!
On November 19, 2011 at 06:27 am, flimflamsam said...
oh you are making me so hungry. I need to make these.
On November 20, 2011 at 12:32 am, Cat Davis - Food Family Finds said...
Oh goodness, those look absolutely wonderful!
On November 20, 2011 at 10:02 am, Pepe said...
The cheese I used was a bit salty but this recipe is super easy and crazy good!
On November 21, 2011 at 08:15 pm, Valerie Pegg said...
Does anyone know the best kind of cheese to use? I am totally making these. Thanks! :)
On November 22, 2011 at 01:29 pm, Roxana {A little bit of everything} said...
I'm pretty sure this is what they serve in cheese Heaven! They sound to die for!
On November 23, 2011 at 07:09 pm, Sook said...
Wow... these little cheesy balls look so scrumptious!
On November 24, 2011 at 01:24 am, vavo said...
i must taste them!
On November 24, 2011 at 11:12 am, Beka said...
I tried making these and they melted in the oven...
Re:

I am really sorry it didn't work out. The problem is the cheese. It is important to use a cheese that doesn't melt at heat. I used a local salty cheese mix of cow and buffalo cow. It can be fried without melting. As soon as I will have the chance I will try with cheddar to see how it behaves.  

Re:

The cheese I used is called Halloumi.  Hope you can find it. 

On November 27, 2011 at 02:35 pm, Gav said...
Looks delightful, will try very soon...I assume cheddar or emmantal would suffice(Both of which I adore) ?
Re:

I haven't tried yet with cheddar or emmental cheese, the cheese must have a high melting point. I will try as soon as I have the chance with cheddar too. 

On December 24, 2011 at 01:27 pm, Cory said...
So I just made these using parmesan and ricotta salada. They turned out tasty, but I only ended up w/ 13! Not sure where I went wrong.
Re:

Maybe you just made them bigger than I did.. I did pretty small ones.. no bigger than a medium walnut. But  that shouldn't be a problem as long as they were tasty :)

On December 28, 2011 at 11:57 am, vedette said...
This looks so good. when my little sister saw this she freaked out. I cant wait to try this out.
On January 21, 2012 at 06:13 pm, Dana said...
Can these be made with white flour?
Re:

Yes.. you can try with only white flour.. they probably won't be as puffy but they will still be very good. I said in some comments that if the cheese is not that hard you can also add semolina and white flour. Maybe you can add a little of baking powder if not using semolina. Hope it works for you. 

On January 30, 2012 at 05:33 pm, Inkjet Cartridge Refilling Supplies said...
Oh wow, those look so delicious!
On February 19, 2012 at 11:09 am, RG said...
I tried making these with cheddar and parmesan, and it didn't work at all. They didn't puff and all melted together. I ended up using them as a soup topper, sort of half-crouton, half-dumpling.
Re:

I'm sorry it didn't work for you. The type of cheese is very important for this recipe. The cheese I used is similar to halloumi cheese that has a higher melting point than other cheese. I didn't try using cheddar or parmesan yet, but probably these would go better if frying the balls instead of baking. If the cheese is too soft you may add some flour too not only semolina. 

On April 12, 2012 at 03:14 pm, Pamsky68 said...
Trying this now. It's looking good and my home smells so yummy. I used a combination of Asiago and Parmesan cheese. :-)
Re:

That's great. I am glad you enjoyed these. Hope you try some other recipes too. 

On April 12, 2012 at 03:29 pm, Pamsky68 said...
Just tried them! Thanks for sharing, so good! Yes I will surely try more recipes! :-)
On July 29, 2012 at 09:52 am, CJ at Food Stories said...
OMG ... Where has this recipe been all my life? :-)
Re:

Hehe - I really love these cheese balls - let me know if you try them what do you think.  Be careful what cheese you choose. 

On July 30, 2012 at 11:04 am, CJ at Food Stories said...
What are your cheese recommendations? I have to make these :-)
Re:

 

It is important to use a cheese with a high melting point. I used a local salty cheese, mix of cow and buffalo cow. It can be fried without melting. Very similar to Halloumi cheese. 
On August 31, 2012 at 07:52 pm, CJ at Food Stories said...
I made this recipe with a mixture of grated romano, pecorino & parm. I didn't modify anything and they came out very dry and grainy, kind of like hush puppies. What's the texture supposed to be like?
Re:

Sorry for this late answer. I am sorry this recipe didn't work soo good. They shouldn't be grainy nor too dry. A little bit dry maybe, as they are baked not fried but the texture should be somehow similar to cheese puffs except those holes in the middle. The interior is soft and holds well. Maybe you will try this with halloumi cheese, might work better. 

On October 10, 2012 at 11:21 am, Hannah t said...
I made these about 15 mins ago and used cheddar! They look absolutely nothing like your perfect ones do in the picture, Infact the look a bit like coconut macaroons. But they taste fab!! My 14 month old is inhaling them! :) thank you for this wonderful recipie!
On April 26, 2013 at 08:06 am, jj said...
wow ! I cant wait to make this!! thank you
On July 13, 2013 at 08:13 am, Lisa said...
Can these be made a day early and refrigerated overnight?
Re:

Yes definitely, bake them a day before serving and keep them in the fridge, they will be good. 

On September 05, 2013 at 11:19 pm, Amy said...
Mine just turned into flat discs - twice! What am I doing wrong!
Re:

It is the cheese. It is important to be a cheese with a very high melting point.  The cheese I used is similar to halloumi cheese that has a higher melting point than others. You can see in comments what other types of cheese others used and worked. Hope this helps:) 

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