This time of year, I find myself invited to a lot of parties where I'm expected to bring some sort of snack food. Here's one thing I make quite often:
Garlic Cheese Ball
1 - 8 oz. package of cream cheese
2 to 3 cloves of garlic, pressed
2 thinly sliced green onions
A splash of Worcestershire sauce
A couple dashes of Tabasco sauce
A few twists of black pepper from the grinder
A shake or two of paprika
Cream together by hand or with a mixer. Form into the shape of a ball and roll in approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans.
If you're feeling creative, there are plenty of other things you can add, including:
Finely grated carrot
Finely chopped green and/or red pepper
Roasted red pepper
I always buy a box of Nabisco Sociables crackers with which to serve this, mainly because they're what my grandmother always used to buy, and this was originally her recipe.
A cheese ball might not be particularly fancy, but it's always delicious and a hit at parties. If you try it, let me know how it went.