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Creamy Goat Cheese Ornaments

Yield: 24 appetizers
Prep 30 mins Chill 3 hrs
Creamy Goat Cheese Ornaments
Ingredients
  • 1 8  ounce package  cream cheese, softened
  • 6  ounces  semi-soft goat cheese (chevre) or crumbled feta cheese
  • 24  pickled jalapeno pepper slices* or small pimiento-stuffed green olives, well drained
  • 1/2  cup  dried red sweet pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2  cup  snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3  cup  chopped toasted pumpkin seeds
Directions

1. In a medium bowl stir together the cream cheese and the goat or feta cheese until smooth. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

2. Using a rounded tablespoon of the cheese mixture, form it around a jalapeno slice or green olive, completely enclosing the pepper or olive.** Mixture will be sticky; moisten hands as necessary. (Chill mixture if it becomes too soft to handle.) Place shaped balls on a shallow pan. Cover with plastic wrap; chill for 1 hour.

3. Roll one-third of the balls in the red sweet peppers, one-third in the cilantro, and one-third in the pumpkin seeds to coat, leaving some white showing. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours. Serve with picks. Makes 24 appetizers.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • Hot peppers contain oils that can burn eyes, lips, and sensitive skin, so wear plastic gloves while preparing them and wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
**
  • For smaller balls, use a rounded teaspoon of the cheese mixture and omit the jalapeno slices or pimiento-stuffed green olives. Shape into balls.
Nutrition Facts (Creamy Goat Cheese Ornaments)
  • cal. (kcal) 78,
  • Fat, total (g) 7,
  • chol. (mg) 16,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 2,
  • fiber (g) 0,
  • pro. (g) 3,
  • vit. A (RE) 82,
  • vit. C (mg) 4,
  • sodium (mg) 155,
  • calcium (mg) 40,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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