Mini Middle Eastern Cheese Balls

Mini Middle Eastern Cheese Balls

Mini cheese balls with a Middle Eastern flair pair perfectly with pita crackers.

Prep Time

1:00

Hr:Mins

Total Time

2:30

Hrs:Mins

Makes

75

cheese

Basic Cheese Ball Ingredients
2
packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1
package (10 to 11 oz) chèvre (goat) cheese, softened
1
teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4
teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
1/4
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Flavor Stir-Ins
3
cups crumbled feta cheese (12 oz)
6
tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1 1/2
teaspoons za’atar seasoning blend
Coating
1 1/2
teaspoons za'atar seasoning blend
1 1/2
cups finely chopped pistachio nuts
Serve-Withs, If Desired
Pita crackers
  1. In large bowl, beat Basic Cheese Ball Ingredients with electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment on medium speed until combined.
  2. Stir in Flavor Stir-Ins. With moistened hands, shape into 1-inch balls; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days, or freeze up to 1 month.)
  3. In small bowl, stir together Coating ingredients. Roll balls in mixture to coat before serving. Serve with pita crackers, as desired.
Makes 75 cheese balls
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
If not using immediately, shape the cheese balls, cover and refrigerate up to 3 days, or freeze up to 1 month. Allow cheese balls to thaw in the refrigerator before rolling in the coating and serving.
Some of the more exotic ingredients in this recipe can be found in specialty stores and some large supermarkets.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Cheese Ball)
  • Calories 60
    • (Calories from Fat 50),
  • Total Fat 5g
    • (Saturated Fat 3g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 90mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 1g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 0g),
  • Protein 2g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 0 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 0;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.