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Old 07-18-2006, 02:43 PM   #1
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Question Dried Beef Cheese Ball

I am hoping someone can answer this question before Thursday when I intend to make the cheese balls.

The recipe I have is for an appitizer cheese ball and it calls for dried beef. Now does that mean the beef that comes in a jar that you find near the canned tuna and chicken, or the really thin lunch meat that you get in the cold case near the other pre-packaged lunch meat? Could really use the help. I am taking it to dinner on Friday and I need to know. Thanks. Pam


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Old 07-18-2006, 02:48 PM   #2
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Is it the one with crushed pineapple and onion and green pepper?
The dried beef in the little jar is what you need.

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Old 07-19-2006, 06:34 AM   #3
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Hi Sharon. I actually have 2 recipes, the base is cream cheese with cheddar, onion, horseradish, and of course the beef. I appreciate your help. I have one of those jars of beef in my pantry right now so I can go ahead and give it a try, thanks for the quick response. Pam
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:54 AM   #4
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I've seen "dried beef" both in the jars & in plastic packets in the lunch meat section. I'd think you could use either one.
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Old 07-19-2006, 12:08 PM   #5
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But I think this recipe really calls for the jar, unless you are sure it is "dried beef".
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Old 07-19-2006, 12:21 PM   #6
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Here is the recipe I am planning on using. I also read someplace that you need to rinse the beef before using it, what's that about?


8 ounces soft cheddar cheese

8 ounces cream cheese

4 ounces dried beef

3 tablespoons horseradish

chopped walnuts or pecans

assorted crackers

  1. Chop beef into small pieces.
  2. Mix cream cheese& cheddar with hands, add beef & mix again.
  3. Put horseradish in strainer, drain well& add to cheese mixture.
  4. Shape into 2 balls& refrigerate overnight.
  5. Put chopped walnuts into plastic bag.
  6. Add a ball& press.
  7. Refrigerate until serving.
Serve w/crackers
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Old 07-19-2006, 12:31 PM   #7
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I've always used the really thin beef thats in the package. Personally, I've never seen any in a jar before. Everyone I know that makes these around my area uses the packaged also.......I'm always questioning whats in the ones I taste to see what different ways they make them.
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Old 07-19-2006, 12:58 PM   #8
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To answer the question about rinsing the dried beef that comes in the jar. The reason it needs to be rinsed is because it is very salty. I made the mistake once of using it without rinsing & I thought I was going to choke to death from all the salt.
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:24 PM   #9
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The cheeseball recipe that I have calls for using the dried beef in the jar. Here is a copy of my recipe, which is similar to yours.

Cheese Ball

2 – 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
1 jar dried beef
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
6 green onions
Walnuts, finely chopped

Mix all ingredients together except for nuts. Refrigerate mixture for two hours. Form into 2 balls. Roll in finely chopped nuts. Serve with crackers.
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Old 07-20-2006, 07:46 AM   #10
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Wink Dried Beef Cheese Ball

Thanks guys for all of your help. I will be making the cheese ball tonight for tomorrows dinner at my sister in laws. Heading to the commissary after work and I will get a package of the beef since I already have a jar of the other. I guess I will decide when I go to make it which I will use. Thanks for the tip about rinsing the jared stuff, I would hate to go to all the trouble of making it and then not be able to eat it. I like salt, but I don't want so much I choke on it! Pam

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