Please consult the OU's guidelines for checking fruits and vegetables.

Cheese Ball Times Three
Cheese Ball Times Three Eileen Goltz | Dairy
2 hours, 40 minutes 40 minutes
2 hours

  • You can also make this into a dip (see below).
  • Fresh parsley tends to be infested with aphids, thrips, and other insects. Please see “Kashrut Instructions” below for instructions on checking parsley for insect infestation.
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups (16 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 Tablespoons finely-chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Coarsely-cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • Minced fresh parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Finely-chopped pecans
  • Assorted crackers

Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, milk, onion, and Worcestershire sauce and beat until fluffy. Divide into thirds (about 1 cup each).
  2. Shape first portion into a ball; roll in cracked pepper. Add the blue cheese to the second portion; mix well. Shape into a ball; roll in parsley. Add garlic to the remaining portion; mix well. Shape into a ball; roll in nuts.
  3. Cover and refrigerate. Remove from refrigerator and let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Kashrut Instructions

FRESH HERBS:

DESCRIPTION: Fresh Chives, basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme are often used as spices or garnishing.

Please Note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used.

INFESTATION: Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water.

Vegetable spinners, power hoses, and light boxes are not always available in the home. We therefore recommend the following alternate procedure.

RECOMMENDATION: In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs it should not be used.

INSPECTION:

  1. Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated unscented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
  2. Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs.
  3. Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs.
  4. Check both sides of each leaf under direct light.
  5. If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs.
  6. If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.

Please note: To prepare herbs such as cilantro, dill, or parsley for use in soups, wash them thoroughly and place in a cooking bag.