Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Chicken Spinach Cheeseball

Chicken Spinach Cheeseball with just three ingredients is perfect for easy entertaining! - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com
This Chicken Spinach Cheeseball is perfect for snacking and entertaining. Creamy enough to serve dip-style in a bowl, or spread onto crackers with a knife, you might find it hard to stop snacking once you've tasted it. Served with crackers, crisp vegetables, or pretzels of your choice, this is a completely irresistible snack.

While you all know that I get a kick out of making almost everything we eat from scratch, there are times when I simply need a hand putting a meal or a snack on the table. For as long as I can remember, Hidden Valley's packet of ranch dip mix has been my go-to spice mix. I pick a packet or two up for making ranch dressing and dip for fresh cut vegetables anytime we are away from home and I don't have my entire spice cabinet at my fingertips to make it from scratch.

I've partnered with Hidden Valley and Glad to share this post with you today and I'm giddy over this simple new cheeseball recipe. It's made with cream cheese, shaved chicken, and a packet of Hidden Valley's Spinach Parmesan Dip Mix (seriously, that's all you need!), and let me tell you, this easy recipe is almost unbelievably tasty.

Chicken Spinach Cheeseball is irresistible! - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

My kids and I went a little crazy over this cheeseball the first time I made it. I already know that this lightning fast recipe is going to be made and served for guests all through the holiday season. It's a good thing I have a few extra packets of the spice mix tucked in the pantry.  I'm planning to serve this Chicken Spinach Cheeseball with our Thanksgiving appetizers this year.

Years ago, my friend Shannon brought a cheeseball to my house for a holiday party and I proceeded to eat an embarrassing amount of it over the next few hours. My jaw dropped when she told me how easy it was to make and I've been making her very simple three ingredient cheeseball for the past almost 20 years. Ham, cream cheese, and garlic were all it took to make it and this new twist on her cheeseball is every bit as tasty.

Chicken Spinach Cheeseball (with just 3 ingredients) is irresistible! - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Here's a tip for storing and transporting cheeseballs: flip your storage container over! Place the cheeseball on the lid of the container and then cover with the bowl, forming a domed cover. The cheeseball will hold its shape and it will be much easier to remove later. Often, I'll place a small piece of parchment or wax paper on the lid first, making it even easier to transfer the cheeseball to a pretty plate when I'm ready to serve.

The upside down container tip works great with a lot of different foods. I've been saving leftover cakes this way for years. The icing stays nice and the leftover cake is easy to slice and serve right off the lid. This family-size Glad Food Storage Container works great as a cake transporter and will hold an 8-inch cake perfectly!

Kitchen Tip: Store leftover cakes without messing up the frosting!

COOK'S NOTE: I typically make a cheeseball a day or two in advance of serving it. (Even though it's super easy to make this recipe, it's nice to have it done ahead of time.) Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. The cheeseball will keep nicely in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Chicken Spinach Cheeseball
Yield: 12-18 servings (or far fewer if you're not inclined to share)
(printable recipe)

16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 (1.06 ounce) packet Hidden Valley Spinach Parmesan Dip Mix
4 ounces deli-style chicken shaved lunch meat

Place the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and sprinkle the dip mix over the cream cheese. Mix again until well combined, about 1 minute.

Tear or roughly chop the lunch meat into 1-inch pieces and add to the bowl with the cream cheese. Beat with the mixer until the chicken has broken down into smaller pieces, about 1 minute. Scoop into a bowl for serving, or form into a ball with the spatula and transfer onto a plate. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Chicken Spinach Cheeseball (with just three ingredients!) - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

I found the dip mix and all of the containers used in this post at WalMart. Nothing beats having all of your shopping in one place just a couple miles from the house.

DISCLOSURE: I've partnered with Hidden Valley and Glad to share this recipe with you. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make this site possible. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Looks so easy and tasty. Imma try it and tell you what I think :D