Lemon-Basil Cheese Ball

Mix and shape this lemon-basil cheese ball up to 24 hours ahead. Just before presenting, unmold it onto a serving plate.

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  • Makes: 24 servings

Lemon-Basil Cheese Ball

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Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl beat mascarpone with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Stir in Gruyere. Stir in pistachios, basil, lemon peel, and pepper.
  2. Line a 2-cup bowl with plastic wrap. Transfer cheese mixture to bowl; cover and chill 3 hours or until firm. (Can be refrigerated up to 3 days.) To serve, unmold onto a serving plate; remove plastic wrap. Makes 24 servings.

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To Present This Gift...

On the cutting board, cut thin slices of lemon. Line the pedestal candle holder with parchment paper. Arrange the slices around the edge of the parchment paper. Unmold the cheese ball onto the center of the lemon ring; remove plastic wrap. Garnish with a basil sprig.

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Shop discount stores for inexpensive dishes with holiday motifs for a last-minute presentation idea.

To present this gift you will need:

Cutting board, sharp knife, lemon, large pedestal candle holder, parchment paper, and basil sprig.

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