Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

This goat cheese ball is an easy fix for last-minute entertaining. Roll the cheese in snipped herbs and cracked pepper for a treat with zing.



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Servings: 12
Serving size: 2  tablespoons
Prep Time: 25 mins
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Ingredients
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    3   tablespoons 
    snipped fresh chives
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    3   tablespoons 
    snipped fresh basil
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    2   tablespoons 
    snipped fresh parsley
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    1  8  ounce package 
    cream cheese, softened
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    4   ounces 
    goat cheese
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    1/4 - 1/2  teaspoon 
    cracked black pepper
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    1   
    clove garlic, minced
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    Assorted crackers

Directions
1.
In a shallow dish combine 1 tablespoon of the chives, 1 tablespoon of the basil, and the parsley; set aside. In a medium bowl beat cream cheese and goat cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in remaining 2 tablespoons chives, remaining 2 tablespoons basil, the pepper, and garlic. Form into a ball.
2.
Roll ball in herb mixture. Wrap and chill cheese ball for 4 to 24 hours. Makes twelve 2-tablespoon servings.
Variation
  • Dried Beef Cheese Ball: Prepare as above, except omit basil and parsley. Beat 2 ounces chopped dried beef, 3 tablespoons snipped fresh chives, and 1 teaspoon caraway seeds into cheese mixture. Serve with crisp rye crackers or party rye bread.
Variation
  • Italian Cheese Ball: Prepare as above, except substitute fontina cheese for the goat cheese and beat 2 ounces hard salami and 2 tablespoons finely chopped roasted red sweet pepper into the cheese mixture. Serve with water crackers or baguette slices.
    Per serving: 121 cal., 5 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 36 mg chol., 220 mg sodium, 1 g carbo., 0 g dietary fiber, 5 g protein. Daily Values: 9% vit. A, 10% vit. C, 7% calcium, 2% iron. Exchanges: 1/2 High-Fat Meat, 11/2 Fat
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 92, Fat, total (g) 9, chol. (mg) 25, sat. fat (g) 6, carb. (g) 1, Monosaturated fat (g) 2, pro. (g) 3, vit. A (IU) 389, vit. C (mg) 1, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 4, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 91, Potassium (mg) 353, calcium (mg) 30, Fat () 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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