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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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  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Chill: 4 hrs to overnight

Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

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.
  1. Roll ball in herb mixture. Wrap and chill cheese ball for 4 to 24 hours. Makes twelve 2-tablespoon servings.

From the Test Kitchen

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.

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 Facts (Peppered Herb Cheese Ball)

  • Per serving:
  • 92 kcal cal.,
  • 9 g fat
  • (6 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 25 mg chol.,
  • 91 mg sodium,
  • 1 g carb.,
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 0 g sugar,
  • 3 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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48 Ratings
131 Days Ago
Read the right side of page -- the other recipes are there for variety of ideas. They include the Salami / red pepper. Enjoy for the holidays.
1230 Days Ago
OOPS! I read further down and there are two other variations:

This one looks like the Italian Cheese ball just like Ellee said:







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
1230 Days Ago
I agree with Serena, this is not the same recipe as the picture, that has chopped red peppers.
Ellee L. 1240 Days Ago
I think the picture is the Italian Cheese Ball variation.
Serena Sobolewski 1240 Days Ago
Something was either left out of the recipe or this is the wrong picture. Is that chopped red pepper?

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