I’ve always loved cheese balls as they are one of my favorite appetizers my mother is usually preparing for family gatherings. These cheese balls are usually fried, but as I wanted to share with you a healthier recipe, I tried baking them and I was really pleased to see that these baked cheese balls turned out really great.
Baked cheese balls are easy and quick to prepare and can make a delicious cheese appetizer perfect for any occasion. My family serve them often at holiday tables or for large family gatherings. Of course, you can still consider frying the cheese balls as well, it’s all up to you, just take in count that baking them is a lot healthier.
Baked Cheese Balls
- 3 cups grated semi-hard cheese
- 3 tbsp semolina
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp fresh dill , chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- 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.
- Take about 1 tbsp of mixture and shape into balls. Place the cheese balls on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake for about 15–20 minutes and another 3-5 minutes on broil.
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Oh man, I could pop a ton of these 🙂
Those look awesome..I will be trying this one!
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.
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.
Quick and easy indeed.. 🙂
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!
I wasn’t expecting so few ingredients or for them to be this easy to pull together. Score!!!
wow, these look so lovely!!! I love these as amuse bouche
These look great
I have these all the time, they are very popular in the Colombian comunity, they are called “pan de bono”. they are really good.
mmm, I made some of these the other week and they were fantastic. Yours look perfect!
This is a great recipe to serve for the holidays! love anything with cheese 🙂
pao de queso!!!!!! its a brasilian dish. we serve it with everything!
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!
They look delicious! I can’t wait to try this recipe!
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 🙂
Oh, my gracious! These look delicious. Love the bit of dill in the mix.
yummmm these look delicious! I cannot wait to make them!
These look so so delicious!
Can’t wait to try them.
oh y goodness these look great. I want a whole plate full 🙂
oh you are making me so hungry. I need to make these.
Oh goodness, those look absolutely wonderful!
The cheese I used was a bit salty but this recipe is super easy and crazy good!
Does anyone know the best kind of cheese to use? I am totally making these. Thanks! 🙂
I’m pretty sure this is what they serve in cheese Heaven! They sound to die for!
Wow… these little cheesy balls look so scrumptious!
i must taste them!
I tried making these and they melted in the oven…
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.
The cheese I used is called Halloumi. Hope you can find it.
Looks delightful, will try very soon…I assume cheddar or emmantal would suffice(Both of which I adore) ?
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.
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.
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 🙂
This looks so good. when my little sister saw this she freaked out. I cant wait to try this out.
Can these be made with white flour?
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.
Oh wow, those look so delicious!
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.
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.
Trying this now. It’s looking good and my home smells so yummy. I used a combination of Asiago and Parmesan cheese. 🙂
That's great. I am glad you enjoyed these. Hope you try some other recipes too.
Just tried them! Thanks for sharing, so good! Yes I will surely try more recipes! 🙂
OMG … Where has this recipe been all my life? 🙂
Hehe – I really love these cheese balls – let me know if you try them what do you think. Be careful what cheese you choose.
What are your cheese recommendations? I have to make these 🙂
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?
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.
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!
wow ! I cant wait to make this!! thank you
Can these be made a day early and refrigerated overnight?
Yes definitely, bake them a day before serving and keep them in the fridge, they will be good.
Mine just turned into flat discs – twice! What am I doing wrong!
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:)
If I use halomi cheese would it work ??
Yes, it should work well. It is a hard cheese that keeps it's shape while cooking. Let me know how it turned for you.
i have tried this, really amazing thanks.
Mine came out as flat as cookies 🙁
Yes, because of the cheese. You must try a hard cheese with a high melting point, like halloumi.
I love the ‘pao de queso’ but the same issue as to the others happened to me with the improperly chosen type of cheese. A pity, it might have been mentioned directly in the recipe. Next time, I’ll try better.
I mentioned it needs to be a cheese with a high melting point.. like Halloumi.. I actually used a local cheese that is why couldn't mention exactly
Pretty tasty and very easy to make. A perfect weeknight appetizer. I didn’t use semolina, so I used breadcrumbs and all purpose flour in equal measure. Don’t know if that significantly changed the taste
can i make this recipe with 3 tablespoon of all purpose flour and cheddar cheese?
i made these for my LO’s 2nd B day. Its a big hit. thanks for sharing the recipe and saving many life’s like us in the kitchen.
Is there anything we can use instead of semi lean flour?
It’s impossible to get where I live.
You can use flour.
The food looked delicious and attractive, looking only wanted to try it.
Can you use something other than semolina flour??? Need to be gluten free.
havent't tried with oats.. or almond flour.. might work as well