Momma Told Me: Savory Mini Cheese Balls + Buffalo Chicken Mac Last Minute #CookingUpHolidays Solutions

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Savory Mini Cheese Balls + Buffalo Chicken Mac Last Minute #CookingUpHolidays Solutions

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Savory Mini Cheese Balls- #CookingUpHolidays with KRAFT at Walmart- Simple recipes with home-style flavor. AD
Momma Told Me: I don't need an elf, I just need my secret ingredient.

I don't know about you but as we enter the final countdown to the holidays I find myself more and more overwhelmed with all of the last minute plans and invites. Most of my own holiday entertaining obligations have passed, but I still need to put dinner on the table every night, and bring a gift or treat to give the hostess when going out. Momma always had a recipe book of simple recipes, no more than 5 or 6 ingredients, she could whip up when schedules got hectic. She even had a few pantry staples, such as KRAFT Mac N' Cheese dinners she kept stocked for such occasions.
#CookingUpHolidays with KRAFT at Walmart- Simple recipes with home-style flavor. AD
There's a lot of pressure, perhaps mostly pressure I put on myself, to prepare a unique and 'wow' worthy meal or appetizer when guests or family are involved. But it's simply impossible to juggle it all- so I take short cuts with quality ingredients and trusted name brand staples. Products like deliciously creamy and smooth KRAFT Philadelphia cream cheese have saved my hiney on more than one last minute occasion.
Kitchen Hack- Sprinkle coarse salt on a chopping block to keep herbs in place while chopping. #CookingUpHolidays with KRAFT at Walmart- Simple recipes with home-style flavor. AD
I've also learned a few kitchen hacks from my own mother, and close friends- shortcuts and hacks not only save time, but also make cleanup a breeze. Just take one of my favorite tips, straight from a professional chef- Sprinkle a little coarse salt on your chopping block before dicing herbs to hold everything in place and prevent things from flying. Coarse salt and a lemon also make for a great disinfectant and stain remover on most wooden cutting blocks when used as a scrub.
Believe it or not, until recently, I'd never made a cheese ball before- One of the season's most popular entertaining dishes and staples. The idea of having a cantaloupe sized ball of cheese seemed a bit daunting, and the presentation was always so classy, I was a bit intimidated. Then I discovered the KRAFT recipe hub on Walmart.com, and the simply delicious Savory Mini Cheese Balls recipe.
In about 20 minutes you can whip up several varieties of sweet and savory mini cheese balls perfect for entertaining with KRAFT Philadelphia cream cheese and chopped PLANTERS pecans. Start by chopping your fresh herbs and spices using the kitchen hack mentioned above, then combine your flavors in 3 different coatings, Cranberry Pecan, Sesame Poppy Seed and Garlic, and Rosemary Thyme Parsley.
Portion your KRAFT Philadelphia cream cheese in even cubes, or use a scoop if using Philadelphia spread, and manipulate each portion into a ball. Roll each ball in one of the topping mixtures. Don't worry if your initial cheese ball isn't perfectly round, it will naturally even in shape once the outer layer is applied.
I like to make these Savory Mini Cheese balls about 2" in diameter- or around the size of a golf ball- though you can easily get fancy and make them smaller to serve your guest mini cheese ball samplers!
Savory Mini Cheese Balls- #CookingUpHolidays with KRAFT at Walmart- Simple recipes with home-style flavor. AD
These Savory Mini Cheese balls are the perfect blend of creamy, sweet, and savory- perfect for using as a spread on a variety of fruits, vegetables, and crackers. Best of all you can pull a few out at a time to serve your guests so the reserve stays nice and fresh in the fridge, a luxury larger cheese balls can't accommodate. And, the increased surface area, per portion really help maximize flavor on each bite!
Buffalo Chicken Mac- #CookingUpHolidays with KRAFT at Walmart- Simple recipes with home-style flavor. AD
Of course simple meal solutions are just as important this week- with holiday schedules and last minute wrapping taking up so much time one might be tempted to order food in. The KRAFT recipe hub also has you covered there with the classic flavor of KRAFT Macaroni and Cheese Deluxe Dinner in this delicious Buffalo Chicken Mac recipe. You only need 5 ingredients; KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese Dinner, Buffalo Wing Sauce, KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Chopped Green Onions, and Cooked Shredded Chicken.
Begin by preparing your KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese Dinner as instructed on the package. This only requires a pot and boiling water, as the creamy cheese flavor is includes in an easy squeeze packet inside.
Next, toss your shredded chicken in the buffalo wing sauce. Heat level is entirely up to you, though I usually go with Mild, and increase the quantity of sauce the recipe calls for, if I desire a more intense flavor. Fold the chicken mixture into the prepared mac and place in a greased casserole dish. Top generously with your favorite KRAFT Shredded Cheese.
After baking in the oven for just 8 minutes, to melt the top layer of cheese and warm the dish, you'll have a delicious crave-worthy dinner for the family. Serve alongside a hearty fresh salad topped with your favorite KRAFT salad dressing and you will have prepared dinner in no time! Be careful not to over bake the casserole- While you may be tempted to go for those golden/browned peaks, the cheese will dry out if left in for too long. (My tip to you.)
Buffalo Chicken Mac- #CookingUpHolidays with KRAFT at Walmart- Simple recipes with home-style flavor. AD
Buffalo Chicken Mac- #CookingUpHolidays with KRAFT at Walmart- Simple recipes with home-style flavor. AD
This Buffalo Chicken Mac recipe would also be great to serve at any game day gathering with some scoop-able tortilla chips or homemade sourdough bread. While we're not big on blue cheese, some crumbles could be added for an even richer flavor!
Buffalo Cicken Mac- #CookingUpHolidays with KRAFT at Walmart- Simple recipes with home-style flavor. AD
No matter how far you are into your holiday schedule and planning you're sure to need a little last minute recipe in the kitchen at some point. Be sure to visit the KRAFT Walmart recipe hub for some amazing original recipes featuring your favorite KRAFT products. I know I'll be making a few more this week. It's hard to say no to simple, time saving, recipes with great flavor! IF you visit now, you can even print up to $13 in KRAFT coupons! Now, tell me, what's one of your go to, simple, last minute seasonal recipes?

What Daughter Says: Discover simple recipes with your favorite KRAFT brand products to help make the season more flavorful.

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Savory Mini Cheese Balls- #CookingUpHolidays with KRAFT at Walmart- Simple recipes with home-style flavor. AD
Buffalo Chicken Mac- #CookingUpHolidays with KRAFT at Walmart- Simple recipes with home-style flavor. AD
Grab the Kraft Buffalo Chicken Mac Recipe here.

18 comments:

  1. I like these dishes. They are easy to make and most people would love them! This might have to be the Christmas lunch meal since it's so easy.

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  2. Barbecue mac & cheese and cheeseballs? Sounds awesome to me. I'll have to give these recipes a try.

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  3. I love serving cheese balls during a party. And what a great way to spice up mac & cheese.

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  4. I made those cheeseballs too and they are SO darn good. I could not stop eating them. The cranberries and pecans were my favorite.

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  5. All this. I need all this in my belly. Everything here looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing these! I think cranberries are a perfect choice for this time of year.

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  6. Yum. These look SO good. I've never made my own cheese balls. My husband was asking me to pick some up for Christmas day, but I may give them a try myself! - Jeanine

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  7. Buffalo chicken mac is something I could literally eat every single day! NOM.

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  8. Sprinkling the salt on a cutting board to keep herbs steady when chopping is a great tip! I will need to remember that next time.

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  9. That Buffalo Chicken Mac recipe looks so good! I am sure my whole family would enjoy that.

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  10. These Cheese balls look so good. I had never thought to do cranberries on them before.

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  11. Oh yum! I'd love to make some cheese balls with different spices and toppings. That macaroni meal sounds good too!

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  12. The buffalo mac n cheese looks to die for. I love a good mac n cheese. - SARAH Must Have Mom

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  13. This Buffalo Chicken Mac recipe looks so delicious. I have to try this recipe. I am going to get the ingredients so i can make it this weekend.

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  14. I have never tried Buffalo Chicken Mac before. It looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to give it a try.

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  15. Ooooh I love cheese balls! I'm that person who could eat one to myself! And that Buffalo Mac and cheese? Wowza!

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  16. That mac and cheese is kind of amazing. I need to add a bit of spice to my weekly meal plan rut!

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  17. Everything looks so so good. I'll have to try to make this for my mom sometime.

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  18. Buffalo mac and cheese would definitely amp up my Mac and cheese game! I'm excited to add this into my meal plan rotation.

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