A festive holiday cheeseball, made with homegrown garlic and dried herbs, is a delicious way to start the New Year.
The idea to host a party started at work on New Year’s Eve day when I discovered none of my friends had made plans to celebrate that night. So I invited everyone to show up at my house around 9 with something to eat or drink.
I stopped at the grocery store on my way home from work and picked up a few nibbles, then raced home and dug out the box of hats and noisemakers saved from previous parties.
We had a great time and agreed it couldn’t have been a better party if it had been weeks in the planning.
You can toss together your own impromptu New Year’s celebration with a delicious cheeseball made with some of your homegrown garlic and dried herbs.
Cream together a stick of softened butter, two small packages of cream cheese, and a 4-ounce container of crumbled blue cheese. Add finely chopped garlic, chopped green pimento-stuffed olives, dried chives, and dried parsley.
Form the cheese mixture into a ball by lining a small bowl with plastic wrap and pressing the mixture into it. Refrigerate for several hours and serve with crackers and a loaf of party rye.
At midnight, toast the New Year with a champagne cocktail made by quickly soaking a sugar cube in homemade bitters before dropping it into a champagne flute. Add champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.
Here’s to a very Happy New Year!