Mini Middle Eastern Cheese Balls

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

  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 75

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.

Expert Tips

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

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cheese Ball
Calories
60
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
5%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
90mg
90%;
Total Carbohydrate
1g
1%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
0%;
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.