How To Make Cheese Bites
- 1(8 ounces) jar of small pimento-stuffed green olives, well drained (optional)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 2 lbs sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- raw pecan halves (optional)
In a spacious bowl, blend cheese, butter, flour, salt, and a dash of cayenne, forming a smooth dough through kneading.
Shape the dough into small 1-inch balls and arrange them on a baking sheet without creasing them.
For those opting for olives, fashion each ball around one olive.
If you prefer pecans, gently press half a pecan onto every ball.
You have the option to bake them immediately following the guidelines below or store them in the freezer for later consumption.
Let them chill in trays inside the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Afterward, transfer the balls into freezer bags or a container, seal them securely, and freeze them.
When you crave a bite, pop them directly into the oven from the freezer.
Preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C).
Space the cheese balls approximately 3 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
For frozen balls, bake for 15-17 minutes, and for thawed ones, bake for 13-15 minutes to perfection.