Yesterday I talked about the 1956 musical High Society and today I am following up about the cocktail and canape that I made to go with it. I knew something champagne had to go with this movie which was a good call as that champagne was drunk quite a bit by the characters. I found a cocktail for a Champagne Fizz in a 1953 little spiral bound book called A Guide to Pink Elephants which includes 200 of the most requested mixed drinks.. The recipe is super simple just put a few ice cubes in highball glass and add the juice of one lime and a teaspoon of simple syrup. Then just fill with chilled sparkling wine or Champagne and garnish with a slice of lime.
In the mid century there was nothing fancier then a cheese ball so I made mini Blue Cheese Balls to go with the cocktail. A few quick things I will mention before getting on to the recipe. First I would try and use a decent quality of blue cheese as it is the main flavor in the appetizer. When I first tested this recipe, my grocery store was out of the normal blue cheese I buy (I rarely use it so I splurge a little on it when I do). I used a cheaper version which ended up making the cheese balls much to salty and not having that same great blue cheese flavor. I almost did not attempt another try but I am glad I did. Second you can easily convert this into one large cheese ball instead of making little mini ones. Just follow the directions and form it into a large ball before rolling it into the walnuts.
Mini Blue Cheese Balls
An easy mid century appetizer!
adapted from: Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (1953)
- 6 ounces of cream cheese
- 4 ounces blue cheese
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped chives (finely chopped yellow onion can be subsituted)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts (almonds can be substituted)
- Crackers for serving
- Blend with a mixer both cheeses and the mayonnaise.
- Stir in the celery, chives, cayenne and ground pepper.
- Form into tiny balls. I was able to get 16 out of this mixture but it depends on the size you make them.
- Roll in the chopped walnuts.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Serve with crackers.