Peppered Herb Christmas Cheese Ball
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. To assemble gift, place cheese ball and crisp rye crackers in paper cone.
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. To assemble gift, place cheese ball and water crackers in paper cone.