I may or may not have bought the Elf Soundtrack last week at Target. I may or may not have been listening to it not stop ever since. I may or may not have been watching Christmas movies on Netflix. I may or may not have been browsing the Christmas section at various stores. In other words, I may or may not be diving head first into Christmas. Yeah, right now, in early November.
I know, I know, some of you are probably moaning and groaning at me. Some of you are thinking it is way too early to start humming Christmas carols.
But not me. I am all about Christmas as soon as Halloween is over.
I don’t decorate, mind you, until the day after Thanksgiving.
I’m not a total Christmas fiened.
Actually, I am. But Ryan refuses to get the boxes out of the attic until then and I can’t lift them.
So instead of decking the halls 3 weeks before “Christmas Time” actually starts, I listen to music, bake goodies and test all kinds of recipes for holiday party food. Enter this Roasted Garlic, Bacon and Goat Cheese Ball. It is beyond easy to make. Delicious and really, what holiday party is complete without a cheese ball?
This just isn’t any run of the mill cheese ball either. No, no. This one is loaded with cream cheese, sweet roasted garlic and tangy goat cheese and the whole thing is rolled in crisp bacon crumbles and fresh chopped chives.
Seriously, cheese rolled in bacon. Enough said.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut the top 1/4 inch off the garlic, place garlic on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle lightly with salt, wrap in aluminum foil and cook for 40 - 45 minutes or until cloves are browned and soft. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before using a fork to remove each clove.
While garlic is cooking, cook bacon over medium heat until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Once cool, chop into bits.
In a bowl combine garlic, cream cheese and goat cheese. Roll into a ball.
Mix bacon bits and chives together in a pie dish. Roll cheese ball into bacon to coat completely.
Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 15 minutes or just until firm. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 20 minutes prior to serving. Serve with crackers.