Here in the south, once April hits, we have the grilled cleaned and ready to go. I love a good chicken breast slathered in BBQ sauce or sizzling steak on the grill, don’t you? My husband literally has a briefcase filled with BBQ tools. And you better not touch it! That is his domain buddy! My domain? Everything else! I am in charge of planning the BBQ and making the drinks, appetizers, sides and desserts.
Tips For Throwing A Kick Butt BBQ
When it comes to my BBQ parties, I take them as seriously as my husband does his grill. I want my guests to walk away saying that was one of the best BBQ’s they have every been to. For me, I try to stay away from the norm and amp up my BBQ. I like to serve recipes that are not your same old-same old, you know? So instead of hot dogs, we serve brats or instead of ground beef in our burgers, we mix turkey and pork. To wash it all down, I make my Cranberry Raspberry Iced Tea. It is so refreshing! For the music, I let the kids DJ because they have like 65, 985 songs on their iPods. In addition to our patio seating, we will thrown down some big pillow and old quilts to sit on. And when we are done eating, I will set up an ice cream bar. To cap off the night, we will let the kids light up their sparklers.
Caramelized Onion Cheese Ball Recipe
When it comes to my recipes, I love to take a classic and tweak it. My husband loves onion dip for his crackers and veggies. So I took that basic idea and made my Caramelized Onion Cheese Ball Recipe. By caramelizing the onions, you get this incredible flavor you don’t always get with a simple dip. By adding a smoky Gouda and the creamy Havarti cheese, you get this silky smooth texture and it’s so tasty! We love Dare Crackers, so of course we serve them with my Caramelized Onion Cheese Ball Recipe. My twist? I crush the Dare Crackers and roll my cheese ball into them. So good!!
Dare Crackers Are Perfect For Any Occasion
Whether you are planning an elegant dinner or a casual BBQ, Dare Crackers fit in perfectly. They just make everything taste better. The kids favorite is the Dare Cabaret Crackers with the crisp and buttery flavor. My husband and I enjoy the Dare Brenton Original Crackers with their light tender and crisp texture. They are the perfect Dare Cracker for my Caramelized Onion Cheese Ball Recipe! The only thing I should caution you about is you better have plenty of Dare Crackers for your family and friends to enjoy. You don’t want to disappoint the crowd, right?
- 1 sleeve of Dare Crackers'
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon firmly packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese
- 2 packages (8 ounces) cream cheese
- Bring Gouda and cream cheese to room temperature.
- In a medium saucepan, heat up brown sugar and balsamic vinegar medium heat. Add your onions. Cook for 5 minutes over medium low heat. Allow to cool completely. In a medium bowl, combine Gouda and cream cheese. Add onions. Form into a ball.
- Put 1/2 of the Dare Crackers in your food processor and coarsely chop them.
- Pour chopped Dare Crackers onto plastic wrap and roll cheese ball in the Dare Crackers . Roll up into plastic wrap and refrigerate.
- Unwrap cheese ball and place on plate. Serve with Dare Crackers and enjoy!
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What is your favorite tip for throwing a kick butt BBQ?
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle saysJune 30, 2016 at 2:12 pm
That’s the best cheeseball recipe I’ve ever seen. I don’t know why no one has never thought to add caramelized onions to the recipe before. Genius!
Terri Beavers saysJune 30, 2016 at 2:16 pm
I love making cheeseballs and have been hunting a new recipe. I’ve never made one like this before and I can’t wait to try it this weekend.
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) saysJune 30, 2016 at 3:12 pm
Oh my word, that sounds heavenly! I can’t wait to make this on Monday for my cookout!
Pam saysJune 30, 2016 at 3:26 pm
Um, yum! Cheeseballs are one of my favorite party appetizers, and adding caramelized onions sounds great.
MJ L saysJune 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm
Wow this sounds amazing! I would love to serve this at my next get together!
Marcie W. saysJune 30, 2016 at 6:38 pm
We have a lot of barbecues throughout the summer, so changing up the menu is key for keeping everyone happy. This delicious cheese ball and crackers spread looks wonderfully delicious!
Melisasource saysJune 30, 2016 at 8:56 pm
I love new, creative recipes to try for my family and this one sounds great! I will definitely have add this recipe to the family cookbook.
lisa saysJune 30, 2016 at 9:12 pm
That cheese ball looks amazing! I love cheese balls but have never tried making them myself. I’ll have to try this recipe.
Annemarie LeBlanc saysJune 30, 2016 at 9:35 pm
Something new to try! My husband always want to have something to munch on when he’s watching TV late at night. This would something nice to make for him. Thanks for the recipe!
Val saysJune 30, 2016 at 9:53 pm
Thanks for the recipe! Never have actually tried making cheese balls myself. But I may have to try this one. Seems simple enough to make and sounds delicious. Thanks!
Liz Mays saysJune 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm
Now this is an awesome party idea. I think it would definitely go over well with the guys.
Amanda Simkin saysJune 30, 2016 at 10:45 pm
My mom always makes her famous cheese ball for family parties and dares people to make something as good. I am using your recipe to challenge her–and hopefully dethrone her!
Kristi saysJune 30, 2016 at 11:10 pm
That would be perfect for our family reunion that we have coming up in a couple of weeks! It’s indoors so no need to worry about the hot sun.
kendall saysJuly 1, 2016 at 12:29 am
This looks absolutely amazing! What a great idea for summer – it could be a great appetizer or snack idea too! And who doesn’t love caramelized onions?! They are THE best ever! Thanks for sharing!
MyTeenGuide saysJuly 1, 2016 at 2:46 am
I love cheese and this is a must try. I’m sure this is going to be a hit.
Pam saysJuly 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm
I agree. We love cheese in any form. Cheese balls are the best!
Seattle Travel Blogger saysJuly 1, 2016 at 7:58 am
This looks very good.
I will share this with my sister – she loves all types of cheeses and am sure she will like this recipe.
Nicole Escat saysJuly 1, 2016 at 10:26 am
I like to try this! My family’s number one favorite is cheese. Everything with cheese, that means precious to us.
maggie branch saysJuly 1, 2016 at 11:59 am
I just showed this to my husband and he is insisting that I make it this weekend. I am so excited to try this recipe. It looks great!
Jennifer saysJuly 1, 2016 at 11:59 am
Yummmmmm! This looks delicious! So simple and easy to make too, great idea for the holiday coming up!
Karlaroundtheworld | Karla saysJuly 1, 2016 at 2:32 pm
Amp them up? You mean BBQ and Caramelized Onion Cheese Balls aren’t enough? Oh wow! This has got to be heavenly mouth-watering! Those Dare crackers sure look like something you’d want in your bag all the time though.
kristin saysJuly 1, 2016 at 2:52 pm
This looks so delicious and easy. Great for a summer party!
Angie saysJuly 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm
That cheeseball sounds so delicious! I’m really craving a good BBQ and totally should have planned one for the 4th of July. Maybe we’ll drive down to my parents’ house for an impromptu one on Monday.
Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas saysJuly 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm
You had me at Gouda cheese… oh my yum! I can’t wait to make this for our next barbecue.
Sarah Bailey saysJuly 1, 2016 at 6:11 pm
Oh my goodness this sounds amazing – I totally admit I love anything to do with cheese 🙂 x
Notorious Spinks saysJuly 1, 2016 at 6:54 pm
I’ll have to try this. It looks like a great low carb snack minus the crackers. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Val saysJuly 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm
What a great cheeseball recipe to use when entertaining guests!
Brandy saysJuly 1, 2016 at 9:21 pm
Just one word… Cheeeeeeeeeeesssssssse! Yummy. Recipe seems easy enough to make. Thanks Kelly!
Beeb Ashcroft saysJuly 1, 2016 at 11:52 pm
Cheese balls are the perfect addition for a snack and appetizer! I love this one!
Ryan Escat saysJuly 2, 2016 at 12:12 am
This looks yummy. We love cheese at home and it is a great combination with BBQ!
Jeanine saysJuly 2, 2016 at 12:26 am
Sounds delicious! I haven’t had a good cheese ball in so many years. Would love to give this a try! Especially for a BBQ we have coming up!
Monica saysJuly 2, 2016 at 8:16 am
This is perfect for summer parties! The only problem is that I would want that onion cheese ball all to myself. 🙂
Ora Lee Gurr saysJuly 2, 2016 at 9:47 am
That’s a great idea about crushing some of the crackers and rolling the cheese ball in them. Flavorful snacks are a wonderful part of any BBQ. I’ve noticed lately that guests are drinking a wider variety of healthy drinks, like non-sweetened fruity teas and sparkling waters. I try to have enough variety on hand to keep everyone happily hydrated.
Lori Felix saysJuly 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm
Whenever I throw a backyard BBQ I always make sure to have a variety of meats so there is something for everyone. Your Caramelized Onion Cheese Ball looks delicious and would make a great appetizer at my celebration.
Theresa saysJuly 2, 2016 at 9:16 pm
I love caramelized onions. I love cheese balls. Mesh the two together? Genius!
Ann Bacciaglia saysJuly 2, 2016 at 10:04 pm
I have to try making this recipe. It looks so delicious. I will have to pick up the ingredients tomorrow.
Toni | BoulderLocavore.com saysJuly 2, 2016 at 11:36 pm
I could barely read the post after reading the title! How totally delicious. I always forget about appetizers for grilling parties and this would be fantastic.
Amanda Love saysJuly 3, 2016 at 1:41 am
This would be perfect at parties and the caramelized onions are definitely going to add more flavor to the cheese! It’s so easy to do as well and it’s something I would serve at parties especially this summer.
rosey saysJuly 3, 2016 at 5:53 am
I always like to have some tasty crackers in the house. These sound good and I do love a good cheese ball.
Kim Croisant saysJuly 4, 2016 at 5:03 pm
Caramelized Onions is the only way I can eat onions and not get a stomach ache – I love them…so anything that is made with them has got to be good.
krystal saysJuly 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm
One of my favorite ways to serve up an appetizer. It looks so awesome and with a unique twist. Perfect for summer!
Amy Green saysFebruary 25, 2017 at 8:53 pm
This onion cheese ball sounds hearty and zesty. You can even use it for a new kind of nachos. All you’d have to do is melt it over tortilla chips!
mycraftingworld saysJune 28, 2017 at 6:43 am
This sounds so good. I have not heard the Dare Crackers but I will look for them when I go shopping. We love to just eat plain crackers between meals if we need just a little something to make our stomach happy for one more hour until the next meal.