Around the holidays, my family loves to try out new appetizers. We have even been known to make a meal out of them on New Year’s Day. Regardless of when you eat them, it’s nice to have a few quick, go-to ideas when company is coming, or you just want to serve a snack to whet the appetites before your Christmas dinner. I think you’ll enjoy them all and many can be made ahead of the big day, leaving you more time with family and friends.

Cheese Puffs

Course Appetizer
Servings 4


  • 1 lb. good quality white cheddar cheese NOT pre-shredded (2 cups)
  • 1/2 c. butter soft
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 t. minced onion
  • 1/2 t. season salt


  • Finely grate the cheese in a food processor and allow to come to room temperature.
  • Add other ingredients and mix well.
  • Roll into small balls and freeze.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until lightly brown.
  • Can keep these in freezer and pull out as many as you need.