Olive Cheese Ball

This popular standby -- a combo of cream cheese, blue cheese, ripe olives, and walnuts -- is a terrific appetizer to serve at get-togethers any time of year.

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Makes:
48 servings
Serving Size:
1 tablespoon
Yields:
3 cups
Prep:
45 mins
Chill:
4 hrs to 24 hrs
Stand:
15 mins
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Olive Cheese Ball

Ingredients
1
8 ounce package cream cheese
8
ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3
cup chopped pitted ripe olives, well drained (one 4-1/2-ounce can)
2
tablespoons snipped fresh chives
1/3
cup coarsely chopped walnuts or almonds, toasted
 
Fresh parsley (optional)
 
Assorted crackers or apple slices

Directions

  1. Place cream cheese, blue cheese, and butter or margarine in a large bowl; let stand until room temperature. Beat cheeses and butter with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Stir in olives and chives. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
  2. Shape mixture into a ball; cover and chill until serving time. To serve, roll in nuts. Let stand for 15 minutes. If desired, garnish with parsley. Serve with assorted crackers or apple slices. Makes 3 cups (forty-eight 1-tablespoon servings).

From the Test Kitchen

Prepare cheeseball, except do not roll in nuts; cover and chill up to 24 hours before rolling in nuts and serving.

Nutrition Facts

(Olive Cheese Ball)
    Per serving:
  • 50 kcal cal.,
  • 5 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 11 mg chol.,
  • 106 mg sodium,
  • 1 g carb.,
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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