This Monster’s Inc. Cheese Ball is inspired by Mike Wazowski from the Pixar Monster’s Inc. movie. It’s a delicious combination of three kinds of cheese, bacon, and simple seasonings to give it a mild but delightful flavor. Perfect to spread on crackers or veggies. The cheese ball is covered in fresh chopped Italian parsley and decorated with a jicama eyeball and green bell pepper ears.
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The new Disney + streaming service has announced a new animated TV series, Monsters at Work, coming in 2020. The original cast for Mike and Sully are returning as well as other favorite characters. We’ll also be introduced to many new characters. Read about it here.
To get ready for the new series, throw a movie night to watch the original Monster’s Inc. and if you like, have a doubleheader and watch Monster’s University as well. You can find movies here. This Monster’s Inc. Cheese Ball will be the perfect appetizer for your hungry movie watching group.
Monster’s Inc. Cheese Ball Recipe
- 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup light sour cream or plain nonfat yogurt
- 1 cups Jarlsberg cheese, shredded
- 1 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 4 pieces bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 green onions, chopped
- 1 tbsp. sweet pickle relish
- 1 tbsp. Frank's Red Wing Sauce
- 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 jicama
- 1 can chopped black olives
- 1/2 tbsp. cream cheese
- assorted crackers
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream (or yogurt) until smooth. Stir in shredded cheeses, bacon, onion, pickle relish and red wing sauce. Refrigerate, covered, at least one hour.
- Spread half of the parsley on a large piece of plastic wrap. Shape half of the cheese mixture into a ball, roll in parsley to coat evenly. Wrap in plastic. Repeat.Refrigerate at least one hour.
- Cut two circle pieces of jicama thin. Spread cream cheese just in the center of the jicama. Press chopped black olives into the cream cheese until it's solid black.
- Cut pieces from the green bell pepper to look like Mike's ears.
- Unwrap the cheese ball. Place the jicama in the front and center, to make Mike's eye. Place the ear shaped green bell pepper on top to make his ears.
- Serve with cut up jicama, green bell pepper and assorted crackers.
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April 17th is National Cheese Ball Day. I’m joining the Fantastical Food Fight Cheese Ball challenge with other bloggers to share our cheese ball creations. If you would be interested in joining us for future food fights, you can visit this page for more information.
When the challenge was announced, my wheels really got spinning. I had so many ideas on what would make a great cheese ball shape. The Death Star from Star Wars, or maybe BB-8 or a Porg. I thought a golden snitch from Harry Potter could be fun as well. The Pixar ball would be another interesting choice. I put a few options in front of my family and they all agreed that Mike Wazowski was the way to go.
Once I had the shape, then I had to decide on the flavor. The cheese ball needed to be green since Mike is green, so decided on a herb covering. I wanted the color inside to be a bit orange as that seemed kind of “monster-ish” and I wanted the flavors to have a bit of kick while still appealing to most people. I think I’ve done all of that as this cheese ball tastes like ones I have purchased in the past but with the benefit of being able to customize it for my family.Inlinkz Link Party
Check out more recipes inspired by Disney/Pixar animated movies. We’ve got
- The Incredibles,
- Lady and the Tramp,
- Wreck It Ralph,
- Toy Story,
- Snow White,
- Nightmare Before Christmas.
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