Food for gay men: Uncle Bernie's Cheesy Balls

A tasty snack with drinks.

Food for gay men: Uncle Bernie's Cheesy Balls
Photo by Wyron A / Unsplash

My mother sent me this recipe. She says that my Uncle Bernie used to make these all the time, although I can't really remember that.

I think that they're proper name is Herb Scones, but I always think of them as Uncle Bernie's Cheesy Balls.

It's a pretty basic recipe that you can adapt to whatever you've got to work with.

I usually add some chorizo for extra flavour, and serve them topped with smoked salmon and crème fraîche.

I have tried substituting the grated cheese with ricotta - that doesn't work, the texture is all wrong.


  • one cup self raising flour
  • one cup grated cheese
  • one cup milk
  • fresh herbs
  • salt and pepper


  • Combine the ingredients.
  • Spoon into greased patty tins
  • Bake in a very hot oven for 10-12 minutes

Follow Gareth Johnson on Twitter