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Molten Cheese Ball Appetizer

Molten Cheese Ball Appetizer

Bisquick Mix, That Good Old Stanby!

Who doesn't have a box of Bisquick somewhere in their pantry? With all of the racing around and heavy lifting for the thanksgiving feast, it's nice to know a couple of really easy and quick recipes are around for creating unique and festive holiday appetizers. These appetizers offer a tasty and homey Bisquick flair! You will find two quick recipes here today; Creamy Molten Cheese Balls and Feather Light Fried Clam Fritters with a Tangy Mustard sauce. These festive finger foods will keep your family and friends happy and mingling while you manage the Thanksgiving feast behind the scenes. These starter foods are so easy to make the kids can even do it for you!

2 Appetizers Made in the Same Fryer

You can make both of these at the same time, as they are both headed for the fryer at an oil temperature of 375°F! Since both have such easy prep work, get all of this done for both recipes. Crank up the temperature on your oil to 375°F. Start with frying the clam fritters first, and then the cheese balls. This way the center of the cheese ball stays creamy and molten-like for service. Plate the goodies, and serve up some of the tastiest Thanksgiving starter food you have ever offered! See, you get "Two; Two Appetizers in one vat!"

How to Make Creamy Molten Cheese Ball Appetizers

  1. Heat a 2" depth of oil to 375°F in a deep-fat fryer. (Any heavy bottom pan will work for this, just maintain temperature)
  2. Beat 1 cup baking mix, the milk and egg with hand beater until smooth.
  3. Coat cheese cubes lightly with dry baking mix.
  4. Insert wooden pick into each cube
  5. Dip cubes into batter, covering the cube comepletely.
  6. Fry several cubes at a time, turning carefully, until golden brown (1 - 2 minutes)
  7. Drain on paper towels for a minute
  8. Arrange on appetizer tray

Creamy Molten Cheese Balls

INGREDIENTS (makes about 45 cheesy appetizers)

  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Bisquick Baking Mix
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 LB Monterey Jack, Cheddar, American, Swiss or mozzarella cheese, cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • Bisquick Baking Mix (for coating cheese cubes)


  • Deep-fat fryer
  • Wooden picks
  • Small bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Hand mixer (or whisk)
  • Paper towels
  • Appetizer tray

...after the finger foods, try Curried Butternut Squash!

How to Make Feather Light Clam Fritters with Tangy Mustard Sauce

  1. Heat a 3" to 4" depth of oil to 375°F in a deep-fat fryer. (Any heavy bottom pan will work for this, just maintain temperature)
  2. Mix baking mix, cheese, onions, clams, reserved liquid, the egg, and Worcestershire sauce until blended.
  3. Drop rounded spoonfuls into the hot oil.
  4. Fry until golden brown on all sides, 1½ to 2 minutes.
  5. Drain on paper towels.
  6. Arrange on appetizer tray, and serve with a Tangy Mustard Sauce. (see mustard recipe below)

Tangy Mustard Suace

In a medium bowl mix together ½ cup of sour cream, 2 TBL Dijon-style mustard, 1 tsp lemon juice, dash of soy sauce, 1 tsp poultry seasoning, 1 TBL finely diced chives. Chill in refrigerator while making the clam fritters.

Feather Light Clam Fritters with Tangy Mustard Sauce

What You Will Need

INGREDIENTS (makes about 3 dozen appetizers)

  • Vegetable Oil
  • 1½ cups Bisquick Baking Mix
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup finley chopped green onions
  • 2 cans (6½ ounces each) minced clams, drained (reserve 1/3 cup of liquid)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Mustard sauce (below)


  • Deep-fat fryer
  • Medium bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Mixing utensils
  • Spoons
  • Paper towels
  • Appetizer tray

Bisquick Nutrition Facts - based on serving Size of 1/3 cup (40g)

(Info per Bisquick Nutrition Panel) Daily % is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Yours may be higher or lower, depending on your caloric needs.

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Bisquick makes it easy to make simply fast yummy appetizers!

Bisquick makes it easy to make simply fast yummy appetizers!

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Comments for "Simple Thanksgiving Appetizers with a Bisquick Flair"

Jackie Jacobs from USA on September 05, 2013:

I love the cheese balls that are at Tucano's. I think that these might top them. Voted up!

Paula from The Midwest, USA on November 01, 2011:

K9, my family and I have loved Bisquick for many years, and I agree it IS a great standby! These appetizers DO sound wonderful, thanks for sharing them with us. :)

Phoebe Pike on October 25, 2011:

This hub just made me incredibly hungry... :)

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on October 20, 2011:

Pamela99~ So wonderful to see you stopped in today! I know what you mean, who can resist creamy melting cheese? Not me! Thanks for your comments, I hope you enjoy a cheesy holiday this year!



Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 20, 2011:

Molten cheese - fantastic recipe. We love cheese at our house. Thank you for these great recipes.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on October 20, 2011:

STEPH! What a special treat to see you made it by to check out this appetizer recipe! "Food Porn" Hilarious!You are right, they are hard to resist. So pleased you shared your (funny) thoughts here.



India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on October 20, 2011:

Chatkath~ Nope, not difficult at all. These fried cheese snacks are easy and quick; truly as easy as they are decadent! I hope you enjoy them should you give them a go. Loved seeing you today, thank you for your wonderful comments!



India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on October 20, 2011:

livelonger~ Wow! Deep fried turkey is an AMAZING treat. You may just find my partner and I knocking on your door this thanksgiving for fried turkey and Twinkies! Crazy good sounding chow. Deep fried cheese balls...yep...pretty sure they will fit right in with your menu! Thank you so much for sharing your holiday story here. I am thrilled you stopped by today.

HubHugs and Shalom my friend~


Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on October 19, 2011:

Molten Cheese balls - wow, its definitely "food porn" LOL! The name alone just added 5 pounds from reading it. Perfect for Thanksgiving or any other holiday gathering this season. Love it! Steph

Kathy from California on October 19, 2011:

Wow, you do have some good food going on at your place K9, I am definitely doing the cheese balls...Hope they really are not that difficult? Another bookmark no doubt! Thanks for sharing all these great food hubs! Rated up, useful and awesome!

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on October 19, 2011:

Oh, I think I just heard my stomach rumble... that molten cheeseball sounds (and looks!) positively delectable. Like everyone who's been commenting here, I have a cheese weakness, too. Incidentally, for the last 4 years, my partner and brother have been deep-frying our Thanksgiving turkey, and we usually fry some appetizers and desserts in the oil before the turkey goes in. We've used Bisquick to batter-dip goodies like Twinkies before tossing them in to the boiling oil. :)

Thanks, and shalom, K9!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on October 19, 2011:

Maddie~ LOL! My partner and I also have a "Cheese" problem that does require restraint. And any cheese that is melting...well all bets are off! Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts today, always a joy to see you in the hubHood!



Maddie Ruud from Oakland, CA on October 19, 2011:

Wow. I have to keep this Hub away from my partner. (We're both huge cheese fans, but I think I have slightly more discipline.) That cheese ball photo at the top is a doozy.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on October 18, 2011:

gryphin423~ I know...Two great things to make one remarkable thing! On the big day, getting the appetizers out of the way so I can get to the Turkey and trimmings is a big deal. And these little finger foods are just the ticket. Although, I always end up eating more than I should before they ever make it the Thanksgiving starter table! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!



gryphin423 from Florida on October 18, 2011:

Deep fried cheese AND my favorite Bisquick?? Sounds like a win/win to me! Thanks for sharing ;-)

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on October 18, 2011:

PiaC~ They really do taste as good as they look. Using a deep-fat fryer will make all of the difference. It make things supper easy, supper fast, and super yummy! Thank you for stopping by, I hope you try these recipes and ejoy them as much as we do.



PiaC from Oakland, CA on October 18, 2011:

Oh those cheese balls look truly decadent! I've been wanting to buy a deep fat fryer for quite a while now - and this may be just the nudge I need!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on October 18, 2011:

Flora~ I can honesty say these cheese balls are the best appetizers I have made in under 20 minutes! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!



FloraBreenRobison on October 18, 2011:

I'm a big fan of cheese anything!

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