Today’s recipe theme is “something on a stick”. That was a perplexing one for me. I thought of cake pops, but I loathe making cake pops so those were out.
I thought of kebabs, but I prefer to grill those and when I was planning for this, my grill was still under 3 feet of snow and the temperatures were below zero.
I thought of popsicles, but those are another summertime thing and my kids have shown in the past that they have no interest in homemade popsicles whatsoever.
I mean, what’s left?!?
Then I was making my Stuffed Celery. And I got really tired of stuffing celery (plus the celery sticks were getting smaller and smaller as I worked to the center of the bunch).
Finally, I realized that the stuffed celery filling was basically a cheeseball. And how convenient would it be to make Mini Cheeseballs on a Stick as the perfect party appetizer and a two-for-one to boot?!?
I took that leftover filling and rolled it in bacon bits, added a stick and away we went! Stick them on a cracker and you have a great (and easy) appetizer!
Something On A Stick:
- Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Bacon Mini Cheese Balls on a Stick
- A Day in the Life on the Farm Homemade Corndogs
- Food Lust People Love: Marinated Turkey Kabobs - Shish Hindi
- Karen’s Kitchen Stories: Mini Caprese Salad Skewers
- Sneha’s Recipe: Paneer Lollipops
- Mayuri’s Jikoni: Vegetable Seekh Kababs
Bacon Mini Cheeseballs on a Stick
8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
⅔ cup crumbled bacon pieces, divided
⅓ cup candied pecans
⅓ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon paprika
2-3 tablespoons milk, optional
Stir together the remaining ingredients (reserving half the bacon pieces), adding milk as needed to thin the mixture enough to stir. Scoop 1-teaspoon balls of cream cheese mixture and roll through the remaining bacon pieces. Cover and refrigerate for 1-hour to allow the flavors to meld. Serve cold with crackers.