“Sweet Surprise” Cheeseball and Breakfast Creme Brulee are two simple, make-ahead recipes that put your leftovers to work, so you can close 2016 with a smile and enjoy ringing in the new year while making the most of what you’ve got! As I shopped through my pantry and refrigerator this morning to make my weekend menu, I was excited to find the key ingredients for a family approved party appetizer and breakfast/brunch favorite. Both dishes are best prepared in advance, so you have more time to enjoy your friends and family around the table this holiday weekend. Today, I’m sharing the “Sweet Surprise” Cheeseball. Tune in tomorrow for one of my family’s top breakfast requests.
So what is the “Sweet Surprise” in the yummy cheeseball? Sweet Potatoes! Mashed sweet potatoes provide a smooth and creamy texture, as well as a good dose of Vitamin A and iron. After a recent health hiccup, I have learned that I am low in iron, so anywhere I can add it, I will. It turns out that anemia is at least partially to blame for fatigue and lack of endurance. Peek in your pantry and see if you have a nice sized fresh sweet potato or a can of cooked sweet potatoes. If you have baked or mashed sweet potatoes hidden in your refrigerator, you are one step ahead! This can be classified as a Cook once & Eat twice recipe. A cup and a half of leftover sweet potato is all you need to star in this New Year’s Eve appetizer.
Sweet Surprise Cheese Ball
This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Junior League of Monroe, Louisiana’s Celebrations on the Bayou, Invitations to Dine in Cotton Country Style
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1 pound grated mild cheddar cheese
6 ounces velveeta cheese (block or grated)
1 8-ounce pkg of cream cheese
1 1/2 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion (optional for a savory twist)
1/2 cup dried, sweetened cranberries (optional for a sweet bite)
1 cup chopped pecans (I prefer mine toasted)
Let cheeses stand on counter for approximately 1 hour or until workable. Combine all ingredients, except pecans. Mix until smooth. Divide mixture into 2 cheese balls and roll in pecans. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours or longer for best results. To serve, let come to room temperature and serve with your favorite crackers or vegetables.
As 2016 comes to an end, I pray that you have an opportunity to sit down and reflect over the ways that God has moved in your life this past year. We recently drove to Waco and visited the Heritage Homestead Village. As we were exploring the many wonderful craft shops and wandering through the village, I was struck by the weaving looms in the Textile Shop. My heart was encouraged as I realized that what looked like a tangle of different colored threads and yarn would become the beautiful intricately woven fabrics, scarves, towels, and linens that I saw throughout the shop. In my unskilled hands, the yarn would definitely end in knots, but in the hands of the weaver, each strand had a purpose in making the end product…strong, useful, and even beautiful.
I’m so glad He loves us in the process! God doesn’t just love some future version of you, He loves you – the here and now you, the messy and knotted you, the cluttered, can’t get it together you. I have seen my share of knots in 2016, and I have seen His faithfulness, time and time again. It doesn’t mean that everything is just as it should be right now, but it does mean that He is Sovereign, and I am never “too much” for Him to handle. Faith is not pick and choose; it is complete confidence and trust in God and His character, no matter what “knots” we may be facing. Let’s continue to bring Him what we have, even when it looks like a mess to us, and trust Him to weave it into a beautiful tapestry.
2-3 I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. And we’ve been shown the mystery!
The Message (MSG)
Cooking With What I’ve Got & thanking God for it,