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Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 2 tablespoons
Prep 25 mins Chill 4 hrs  to overnight
Peppered Herb Cheese Ball
Ingredients
  • 3  tablespoons  snipped fresh chives
  • 3  tablespoons  snipped fresh basil
  • 2  tablespoons  snipped fresh parsley
  • 1 8  ounce package  cream cheese, softened
  • 4  ounces  goat cheese
  • 1/4 - 1/2  teaspoon  cracked black pepper
  • 1  clove garlic, minced
  •  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.

From the Test KitchenDried 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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • 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 (g) 4,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 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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