Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

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This goat cheese ball is an easy fix for last-minute entertaining. Roll the cheese in snipped herbs and cracked pepper for a treat with zing.

Peppered Herb Cheese Ball
Photo: Marty Baldwin
Prep Time:
25 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
12

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon snipped fresh chives

  • 3 tablespoon snipped fresh basil

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 4 ounce goat cheese

  • ¼ - ½ 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.

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. 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 (per serving)

92 Calories
9g Fat
1g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 92
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Potassium 353mg 8%
Folate, total 4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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