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Mediterranean Cheese Ball

Yield: 2 balls (3-3/4 cups or sixty 1-tablespoon servings)
Prep 15 mins Chill 4 hrs to 24 hrs Stand 45 mins
Mediterranean Cheese Ball
  • 2 8  ounce package  cream cheese
  • 1/2  cup  butter
  • 1/2  cup  crumbled feta cheese (2 ounces)
  • 1/2  cup  chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped green onion (1)
  • 2  teaspoons  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 3  cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3  cup  coarsely chopped pine nuts, toasted

1. In a mixing bowl, place cream cheese, butter, and feta cheese; allow to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Beat the cheese mixture with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Stir in olives, green onion, lemon peel, and garlic. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.

2. Shape mixture into 2 balls; cover and chill until ready to assemble gifts. Roll cheese balls in nuts; wrap in plastic wrap. Store in refrigerator.

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