P1170173Avocado is definitely a party food.  Take a single avocado, a pairing knife and some tortillas and you’ve got yourself a happy bunch.  Now dress it up with a few ingredients such as cream cheese, green chiles and Mexican style chile powder, shape it into a ball and you’ve got yourself a par-tay!  This avocado-cheese ball will attract more guests to your shin-dig than any old disco ball.    It has even made its way to a picnic at the beach with my family and disappeared before sand made its way into places sand doesn’t belong!

I absolutely love coming up with new ways to include fresh avocados in my recipes.   Avocados from Mexico are the freshest avocados available because  it takes only 4 to 5 days to transport them from the orchards to the market place.  They are also available year-round, with their peak of the season being from September though May – truly making them a winter fruit!

PhotobucketThat’s why, I am extremely excited to invite you, yes you! to submit your original avocado recipe to Avocados from Mexico “Aguacate Lindo y Querido Recipe Contest!”  So get your thinking cap on, cut open some aguacates and lets get cooking’ because you have the opportunity to win $500 and a trip to Houston in September.  What’s in Houston, you ask? Well, how about some private cooking classes with Mexico’s renowned Celebrity Chef Aquiles Chavez at his spankin’ new (and critically acclaimed) restaurant  The Fisheria. Aquiles is also the host of Aquilisimo and El Toque de Aquiles, two of the most watched cooking shows in Mexico.  Deadline to enter is May 25!

Don’t know about you but I’m gettng this party started!

Avocado Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1/2 cup pecans + 1/3 cup, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican style chile powder
  • Assorted crackers, crostinis and tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mash cream cheese and cheddar cheese.
  2. Stir in avocado, chopped onion, parsley, 1/3 cup pecans, garlic powder and green chiles.
  3. Form into a ball with hands.
  4. In a separate plate, mix chile powder and 1/2 cup pecans.
  5. Roll cheese ball in mixture and serve with assorted crackers, tortilla chips and crostinis.
http://www.nibblesandfeasts.com/2012/05/avocado_cheese_ball/

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Avocados From Mexico. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Otra vez… en español!

El aguacate es un alimento definitivamente fiestero. Con un solo aguacate, un cuchillo y unas tortillas, alegras a un grupo de amigos hambrientos. Si le agregas unos pocos ingredientes tales como queso crema, chiles verdes y chile en polvo estilo mexicano, lo moldeas en forma de una bola, el grupo se convierte en una fiesta. Este aperitivo atraerá a más invitados a tu pachanga que una bola de discoteca. Incluso lo he llevado a un día de campo a la playa con mi familia y desapareció antes de que la arena llegara a lugares en donde no pertenece!

Me encanta crear nuevas maneras de incluir aguacates frescos en mis recetas. Aguacates de México son los más frescos aguacates disponibles porque se tardan sólo 4 a 5 días para transportarlos desde los huertos hasta el súper mercado. También están disponibles todo el año, con el pico de la temporada siendo mayo a septiembre, definitivamente es fruta de invierno!

Por eso, estoy muy emocionada en invitarlos a presentar su receta original al concurso de recetas de Aguacates de México “Aguacate Lindo y Querido!” Así que busquen sus mejores recetas que lleven aguacates y vamos a cocinar!   Tienes la oportunidad de ganar $500 y un viaje a Houston en septiembre. ¿Qué hay en Houston, preguntas? Bueno, ¿qué tal unas clases privadas de cocina con el famoso chef Aquiles Chávez en su nuevo y aclamado restaurante Fisheria. Aquiles es también el anfitrión de los programas Aquilisimo y El Toque de Aquiles, dos de los programas de cocina más vistos en México.  Fecha limite para participar es el 25 de Mayo.

Que empiece la fiesta!

Apperitivo de Aguacate y Queso

Ingredientes
2 aguacates grandes
2 paquetes de 8 onzas de queso crema, ablandado
1 taza de queso Cheddar, rallado
1 cebolla pequeña picada
1/2 taza de nuez + 1/3 taza, finamente picada
1 cucharadita de ajo en polvo
1 lata de 4 onzas de chiles verdes picados, escurridos
1 cucharada de perejil seco
1 cucharada chile en polvo estilo mexicano
Galletas saladas surtidas, crostinis y totopos

En un tazón grande, mezcla el queso crema y queso cheddar.
Agrega la cebolla, aguacate, perejil, 1/3 taza de nuez picada, ajo en povo y chiles verdes.
Forma una bola de esta mezcla con las manos.
En un plato aparte, mezcla el chile en povo y 1/2 taza de nuez.
Pasa la bola de queso y aguacate por la mezcla cubriendola completamente.
Sirve con galletas surtidas, totopos y crostinis.

Este articulo forma parte de una campaña patrocinada por Latina Mom Bloggers y Aguacates  from Mexico. Mas sin embargo todas las opiniones son propias.

Ericka Sanchez

28 Comments

  1. Reply

    Ruby

    May 16, 2012

    I love cheese balls and Avocado cheese balls though i have never tried i know its already the love of my life lol yummmmmy!

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    Cristina-Una colombiana en California

    May 16, 2012

    Nunca he probado algo asi! Se ve perfecto para mi, queso y aguacates…hay algo mejor?

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    Uchi

    May 16, 2012

    Ahora tengo hambre… yummy..!

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    Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie

    May 16, 2012

    Ay Dios mio! This looks SO incredibly delicious! I know what I’ll be serving at my next family get-together. (Although I do feel sorry for my guests, because I’ll probably pay more attention to the Avocado Cheese Ball than to them! LOL )

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    Sujeiry

    May 16, 2012

    I have a friend that loves aguacate. She loves guacamole just because of the aguacate. I can’t believe you made it with cheese! I have never seen this done before. Kudos to your creativity in the kitchen!

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    Pamela Pajuelo

    May 16, 2012

    Love this idea!!! Two of my favorite things – avocados and cheese – together in a yummy snack that would definitely go well with wine. Score! 🙂

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    Comiendo en LA

    May 16, 2012

    Fabuloso!!! No se me había ocurrido esta maravilla culinaria!

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    Pattie @Living Mi Vida Loca

    May 16, 2012

    This is new! Never heard of an avocado cheese ball. What a great way to sneak it in. My son doesn’t care for avocados, but this way, he won’t know!

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    Presley's Pantry

    May 16, 2012

    I want your AVOCADO Ball! Roll it on over here, so I could cut the CHEESE! 🙂

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    OCMomActivities - Katie

    May 17, 2012

    Yummy! Love this one! Always wanted to make a cheeseball!

  11. Reply

    Catalina

    May 18, 2012

    The avocado cheese ball is pretty! I never thought of using avocado in this way. Yummy!!

  12. Reply

    Tania luviano

    May 18, 2012

    I love avocados! And my 5 year old can eat one by himself! Should try this recipe.

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    Amelia @ Eating Made Easy

    May 18, 2012

    Avocado + cheese. Doesn’t get any better than that! I would never have guessed you could make this combo so beautiful though – your little Avo-Cheese ball is such a pretty addition to the platter!

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    Caryn B

    May 19, 2012

    Wow that looks impressive….Yum! I’ve never thought to combine the cheese with avocados in that way. Wow….the photo is awesome too.

  15. Reply

    Avocados

    May 23, 2012

    Avo & Cheese, use to love cheese as a kid and now love avos as an adult. Now I get the best of both worlds. Really cannot get better than this. Avocados have a positive effect on our bodies and minds with their nutritional value and life build properties.
    Though I might not have time to try out some of these recipes, will definitely be thinking about it …

  16. Reply

    Malice

    June 4, 2012

    Finally a cheese ball that isn’t predominantly cheese. Must cut down on so much of the fat!

  17. Reply

    Sarah

    August 10, 2012

    Where does the dried parsley fit into the recipe?

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    marilyn schoneman

    February 15, 2013

    Hello from Iowa! This cheeseball looks wonderful! Can you make it early in the day or will the avocados turn brown ? also, what kind of crackers are shown with the cheeseball.. Thanxs…. marilyn !

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      nibblesandfeasts

      February 15, 2013

      Hi Marilyn! Thank you so much for stopping by. The avocado ball will keep weel if you keep it refrigerated. The crackers pictured are Chef Susanna’s Natural Gourmet Rosemary crackers and they are delicious!

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        marilyn schoneman

        February 15, 2013

        Thanxs ….. !This cheeseball will be made this wknd !!
        marilyn….. :o))

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    Buttoni

    June 30, 2013

    This looks REAL good! I’ll definitely try this!

  20. Reply

    Connie Braden

    July 28, 2013

    Looks good!!!

  21. Reply

    Connie Braden

    July 28, 2013

    Will defiantly make, looks really good.

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