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The Return of Roka Blue

Mom’s Cheese Ball

Mom's Cheeseball

Mom’s Cheeseball

The best cheese ball is the one my Mom used to make every Christmas. It was a simple blend of cheeses but it was my favorite for years. Then Kraft discontinued Roka Blue Cheese spread in jars and I was hysterical. No Roka? No cheese ball!  The Christmas buffet would be sadly lacking without the traditional ball of cheese to spread on crackers!

To be fair, I tried everything to continue the cheese ball: melting real blue cheese (it doesn’t melt well), using Roquefort salad dressing which is almost melted, and grating it from solid form. It just wasn’t the same,  It didn’t fully integrate with the rest of the cheeses and seasonings smoothly. Other cheese balls were just “meh”. I stopped trying to find a new recipe and bought and served sliced cheeses on the Christmas buffet.

Cheeses

Cheeses

The other day I was on the Kraft website and I saw that they had Roka Blue in spread form again! I shrieked! I put it on the list for my P.S. (Personal Shopper/hubby) to buy and sent him shopping. When he called to say he couldn’t find it I ordered him to ask. It must be there, I saw it on the Kraft website. He asked and indeed they had it, and the other jar cheese in the recipe, Old English Cheddar.

I was set to make it for the first time in a decade. I put the butter and cream cheese on the warm stove to reach room temperature, and when they were softened I put them into the bowl of my food processor.

Add cheeses and spices to food processor bowl

Add cheeses and spices to food processor bowl

I scooped the cheeses out of the jars and added them to the processor, along with the cream cheese, butter, Worcestershire, the garlic powder and the onion powder. I turned the button on and watched it whir away. Twice I stopped it and scraped down the sides.

Process until smooth, scraping down the sides several times

Process until smooth, scraping down the sides several times

I dug out THE traditional Tupperware bowl that I always use to form the ball. I lined it with plastic wrap and scooped the cheese ball into the bowl. I spread the top smooth, put the lid on and refrigerated it. It was 3 days to our Christmas Eve gathering, It would be melding in the fridge nicely until then.  It just gets better with age.

Scrape into a round, plastic lined bowl for easy removal

Scrape into a round, plastic lined bowl for easy removal

On Christmas Eve I turned the cheese ball upside down onto my platter.  My son, Justin, said it needed texture and used a cracker to make lines in it while we laughed. I placed baskets of crackers around it on the table and watched the family dive in. We’d all missed it and were happy to again be shoving crackers piled with cheese down our throats.

Remove from bowl unto a serving plate

Remove from bowl unto a serving plate

The cheeseball lasts through New Years usually.  It’s my date for New Year’s Eve; I curl up on the couch with my box of crackers, the cheese ball and a bottle of wine.  The cheese ball is quite garlic, so you’ll need some mouthwash afterwards if you’re going to be around other humans.  heh

Mom's Cheese ball

Mom’s Cheese ball

Marian’s Cheese Ball

1/2 lb butter (2 sticks); room temp
5 oz Kraft Roka Blue Cheese Spread
5 oz Kraft Old English Cheese Spread
8 oz cream cheese; room temp
2 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 tablespoon garlic powder (cut in half if you prefer less garlic)
1 tablespoon onion powder
Chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Mix all ingredients in blender or food processor. Refrigerate in lined round bowl at least 24 hours.

Empty onto a serving platter and roll into finely chopped nuts if desired.

11 thoughts on “The Return of Roka Blue

  1. HI Audrey. please help us out with a ? what year did Kraft stop making Roca blue cheese spread in the jar? Have they began making it again . just wondering how old it would be if I found some in a store. I know if the lid pops up it’s not a good sign.Thank you

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    • I wish I knew the answer.
      My mom has a recipe for cheese dip that I grew up with. Finding these cheese in a jar items has been quite difficult, these last 10 years or so. I wrote to the Kraft company once I started having difficulty getting them, never got a reply. Perhaps if we all bombard Kraft they’ll relent. It may also has to to with particular stores, I lived in Dayton Ohio the last 30 years and towards the end I could only get the Blue Cheese. Because the Pimento style was available in my area I was adding it and it was a pleasant addition.
      Move back to my home town, Bowling Green Ohio last December and the Sharp Cheddar was available to me again. Anyway, to tempt your taste buds here’s my mom’s recipe for chip dip:
      1 jar Sharp Cheddar, 1 jar Bacon, 1 jar Blue Cheese, 1 16 oz cream cheese block, 1 medium onion minced (I found that anywhere from 4-8 oz is good) and 1/2 cup evaporated milk. I also started adding 1/2 teas garlic powder.
      Whip it all together with your mixer and enjoy!
      It’s best on plain old salty potato chips, use the wavy ones, they’re a bit stronger

      Add PLEASE if you find the bacon version let me know. In the mean time I could purchase what you need and put them in the mail for you.

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  2. My recipe calls for a third cheese that Kraft discontinued which is cheddar/bacon spread. So I substitute another cheese spread to make up for the 5 oz. glass. Basically, the same recipe. My aunt starting making this about 40 years ago, maybe longer. We make it for every Xmas Eve. Love it.

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