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Herb-Coated Mini Cheese Balls

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 24

Herbs and two types of cheese are rolled into balls to make delicious cold appetizers-serve with bagel chips. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

4
oz cream cheese (half of 8-oz package), softened
1/2
cup crumbled feta cheese (4 oz)*
1/2
teaspoon coarse ground pepper
1/4
cup finely chopped fresh parsley
3
tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil leaves
1
tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1
teaspoon grated lemon peel
24
plain mini bagel chips (1 1/4 inch)

Steps

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  • 1
    In small bowl, mix cheeses and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper, using fork or back of spoon to mash feta, until well blended. Cover; refrigerate 45 to 60 minutes or until firm enough to shape into balls.
  • 2
    In small shallow bowl, mix parsley, basil, rosemary, lemon peel and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Shape cheese mixture into 1-inch balls (about 1 teaspoon cheese mixture for each ball); roll in parsley mixture to coat (some cheese will show through herbs).
  • 3
    To serve immediately, place each ball on a bagel chip. To make ahead, do not place cheese balls on bagel chips; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve but no longer than 24 hours. Just before serving, place each ball on a bagel chip.

Expert Tips

  • *Chèvre (goat) cheese or blue cheese can be substituted for the feta cheese, but the mixture will be softer.
  • Good things come in small bites! Insert decorative plastic picks or wooden picks into the cheese balls, and mingle with assorted olives on a flat or very shallow platter. Garnish with sprigs of fresh herbs.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
35
Calories from Fat
25
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
4%
Saturated Fat
2g
9%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
10mg
3%
Sodium
75mg
3%
Potassium
15mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
1g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
0%
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 Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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