Biggel balls

cheese, chives, sour cream, butter

Green eggs and ham cookbook, 64pp.
by Georgeanne Brennan
Random House, New York, 2006
Cooking on page 32

I love Dr Seuss books and am especially fond of The Cat in the Hat.

Georgeanne Brenna and Frankie Frankeny, who collaborated on this cookbook, love Dr Seuss too. According to Brennan, the pair read all 44 Dr Seuss books and found they were full of wacky foods for them to bring to life.

They then set about creating and illustrating recipes that were not only Seussian, zany and fun, but also deliciously good and healthy.

There are some great recipe titles, such as River of Nobsk Corn-off-the Cobsk, Noodle-Eating-Poodle Noodles, Pink Yink Ink Drink and, of course, Who-Roast-Beast.

So on to page 32 with a recipe inspired by Dr Seuss’ Sleep Blook.

Cheese balls with poppy seeds

Biggel balls

5 ounces grated mild cheddar, Monterey Jack, or other cheese
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon butter at room temperature,
1 tablespoon minced chives
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 to 1/2 cup poppy or sesame seeds, chopped green pumpkin seeds, chopped pistachios or pecans, or other seeds or nuts

grated cheese cheese balls

In a food processor, combine the cheese, sour cream, butter, chives and salt, and process until smooth, about 1 minute.

Using your hands, shape the mixture into bite-size balls. Place on a tray lined with aluminium foil and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Spread the seeds or nuts on a plate and roll the balls in them. 

Makes about 18 balls.

How it played out
We like strong flavours so I used a vintage cheddar, and followed everything else. After refrigerating them for just 30 minutes—I was in a hurry—I rolled them in poppy seeds. Even 1/3 cup of seeds is too much. I needed about 1/4 cup for 17 balls.

Took them to a friend’s house. Served as a snack with wine. Also spread a couple on savoury biscuits (crackers).

Green eggs and ham cookbook

So very easy to make (a perfect recipe to involve the kids—don’t they always love to get their hands messy) and just as easy to serve. Goes well as an appetiser and would be great popped into a lunch box.

I think I’d prefer them rolled in toasted sesame seeds (or a mixture of sesame and poppy seeds for a prettier appearance) and served with a salsa dipper.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can choose virtually any cheese that will stay firm, and any nuts or seeds that you fancy.

We’ve just arrived in France and are catching up with people shown in this post from my travel blog.


About leggypeggy

Intrepid overland traveller, keen photographer, avid cook—known to jump out of airplanes and do other silly things. Do not act my age.
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15 Responses to Biggel balls

  1. An appetiser: must be delicious, and quick and easy to serve 😀
    Happy weekend!

  2. I think I need to track down this cookbook, as it would make for a swell dinner party theme…

    • leggypeggy says:

      What a brilliant idea. Oh wait, I meant to say what a swell idea.

      When we lived in Burma, I threw a Cat in the Hat party during the monsoon. If you decide to organise something similar, I’ll send you the words from the invitation.

  3. Looks very tasty and sounds like an easy recipe. How much fun to find a recipe book based on Seuss!

  4. Never knew Dr Seuss wrote cookbooks. Nor ever heard of Monterey Jack, which goes to prove I have a lot to catch up on. Is it a nice cheese/ Is there also a Monterey Jill?

    • leggypeggy says:

      Oh Gerard, you are such a character. Seuss didn’t write the cookbook, but his stories are filled with names of strange made-up foods that gave the author and illustrator ideas for recipes.
      Sadly there isn’t a Monterey Jill because she might have more personality than Monterey Jack. It’s such a mild, mild cheese that I figure why bother. It would be right for some, but I’d always go for a vintage cheddar.

      • Catnip Blog says:

        My kinda recipe LeggyP. Few ingredients, no cook’n, just good eat’n. I’ll try it.
        I had heard about the cook book but never saw a recipe from it . . . possibly, nor did Dr Seuss . . .

      • leggypeggy says:

        I think you’re right there, but I think Sr Seuss would have approved. 🙂

  5. Jamie Dedes says:

    1:30 a.m. here and I’m seriously think of something to nibble. This is tempting.

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