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I made it for a party and unfortunately no one liked it . It was kind of embarrassing especially since everyone is always expecting the best from me.
You have several tips for making ahead – cook the bacon, mix the cheeses. Are there any other parts of the recipe that can be made the day before?
I would not recommend making the coating a day ahead because it will become soggy. In my opinion, the texture contrast is one of the most pleasing parts of the recipe. The only thing I can think of is that you could chop the cherries, but that would only save you a few seconds and then you’d have to wash your food processor twice. Good luck, and if you find any short cuts, please share them with us!
I made this yesterday for a cookie exchange I was hosting. They were a hit and I would definitely make them again. I couldn’t find appetizer forks and didn’t think even the sturdier toothpicks would hold them so I just served them with the intent being for guests to pick them up with their hands. Love this recipe-thank you for a new party favorite.
Thank you all for the nut-allergy responses–can’t wait to try these!
Had some cherries left over from making maraschino cherries so I dried the rest and used them here. Made the pops yesterday for bunch of guests. They were very good but too sweet for my palate. I’d skip the honey next time, and maybe kick up the heat.
Are there any cheeses that you would recommend as a substitute for the goat cheese? I made the recipe and really liked it except goat cheese just isn’t my thing. I’d like to make it again with something like feta, or any other suggestions you have. Thanks!
You could try mostly cream cheese with a bit of feta or blue cheese, but you might have to play with the ratios a bit to get it just right. We’d love to hear what you come up with if you try it!
This recipe is amazing! The perfect balance of sweet, salty, and tart. Goat cheese and dried fruit are an excellent combo– I happened to have dried cranberries on hand instead of cherries so I used those instead and they turned out well! I will definitely be making these again. Thanks for sharing!
Aw thanks so much Alyssa! I’m thrilled to hear it.
I made these the other day, and they were delicious. However, despite following the recipe to the letter, I found that the balls were a little too large to stay comfortably on cocktail sticks. My guests had them sliding off – fortunately none of the cheese hit the floor! I think next time I will make each ball with 1 1/2 teaspoons of cheese mix, or find some small popsicle sticks to use instead.
With regard to the severe nut allergy question–my son has had a nut allergy in the past (which he seems to have mostly grown out of), and I have substituted ground sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds in things like pesto. It’s worked really well for me! Good luck!
These look delicious and so perfect for holiday entertaining! I would love to make them but my son has a severe nut allergy. Aside from omitting the nuts altogether, would there be a good substitute?
If your son can eat seeds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds would be totally delicious here and would be a perfect 1:1 substitutions. Other creative ideas might be to experiment with crushed crackers or pretzels, or even toasted panko. If you try these, please let us know, we’d love to hear how they turn out!
If you don’t happen to have any skewers handy, pretzel sticks make a good substitute.
Great idea Larry, edible pop sticks!
Sounds SO good! If someone is allergic to nuts, however, would anything else work to roll them in?? Thanjs!
If you can do seeds, I think pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds would be amazing here– and a 1:1 substitution. You can also double the bacon and omit the nuts.
Lovely! I make a similar cheeseball bites on occasion but skip the sweet additions like cherries and honey (we’re low-carbers in our household).
To make cleaning up between making the cheese mix and the toppings easier, just make the topping first and then make the cheese filling. Making the cheese mixture first requires one to stop the process to go hand wash the processor bowl so that you can move on to making the topping. Just reverse the process to save precious time during the holidays!
In this recipe, the cheese has to chill for at least 20 minutes, so I like to do the cheese first. But whichever one works best for you, go for it! Happy holidays.