I had the pleasure of being a guest on the DweebCast last week and boy, was it a blast! Since the holidays are in full swing, they asked me to create a Star Wars-themed holiday snack for the show. So I decided to create….a Death Star Cheeseball. A cheeseball is a great holiday party snack because it’s super easy to make and anything with cheese is always a crowd pleaser. I actually found this recipe on the Homesick Texan blog, and then slightly adapted it for my Death Star needs. Major props to Ms. Lisa Fain because the flavor of this cheeseball is absolutely delicious—creamy, cheesy, and the jalapeños add just a dash of spiciness. Watch the DweebCast episode (above) to see host Andy Riesmeyer and I throw around food and Star Wars-puns! I’ve also posted the full recipe below. Enjoy!
Death Star Cheeseball
- 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3 oz Bacon Bits
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 jalapeño (ribs and seeds removed), chopped finely and divided
- crackers (for serving)
In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon bits, cilantro, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, and minced jalapeños until it’s well combined.
On a large plate, shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball. The mixture will be a little sticky so you can cover the plate with saran wrap to prevent it from sticking to the plate.
Once you’ve got a nice round shape, begin building your Death Star! To create the equatorial trench, cut the cheeseball in half and then re-place the halves on top of each other. To create more detail around the Death Star use a butter knife and/or toothpick. I used this image of the Death Star as reference. For the super laser, scoop out a shallow portion of the cheeseball (anywhere above the equatorial trench). Use a toothpick to draw the fine detail inside the super laser.
Cover your Death Star and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Once your Death Star is complete, your party guests will be impressed by the Imperial Baconstation you created!
Even if it is only made out of cheese. 🙂