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December 13, 2014

Nut and Herb Crusted Cheese Ball

Nut and Herb Crusted Cheese Ball ~ Rich and very tasty Cheese Ball with the most delicious, somewhat spicy, Nut and Fresh Herbs Crusted all around - this is a winner as an Appetizer every time and great to add to a savory platter too ! #Appetizer #Snack

I love Blue Cheese, most cheeses for that matter, but my family only has a few favorites and unfortunately if I don't hide the Blue Cheese in something, they would not touch it. But, they gulp down this Nut and Herb Crusted Cheese Ball in no time at all - Blue Cheese added and all !

The Nut and Herb Crust is fantastic and you can use Pecan Nuts, Walnuts or even Sprinkling Nuts, whichever is your favorite as the Nuts contribute a lot of taste to the Cheese Ball and every time I make this Nut and Herb Crusted Cheese Ball , I use a different type of Nut and my family immediately notices the difference in taste - so far, Pecan Nuts are in the lead, but they never say no to the Cheese Ball.

Nut and Herb Crusted Cheese Ball ~ Rich and very tasty Cheese Ball with the most delicious, somewhat spicy, Nut and Fresh Herbs Crusted all around - this is a winner as an Appetizer every time and great to add to a savory platter too ! #Appetizer #Snack

I made this Cheese Ball the other day as an appetizer, but make it as part of a larger savory platter as well, especially when we are watching Rugby, or Cricket, which is a full day game {if you don't know Cricket - there are one day games and also five day games}, so a lot of sport watching and not a lot of time to cook dinner.

That's when I bring out my savory platters, loaded not only with things like Cheese Balls and other rich-not-too-healthy goodies, but I also include raw vegetables, other types of cheeses like cottage cheese and such, which is more on the healthy side - all about balance ! {I'm trying !}

Anyhow, looking at the pics you might think it is a small Cheese Ball because the savory crackers on the left look huge .. must be my photography, as there is no way one of those crackers are the same size as the Cheese Ball which is in reality about double the size of a round of Camembert Cheese, and is enough to serve at least 6 - 8 people - you can always double the recipe, make a huge Cheese Ball or two regular sizes, depending on how you prefer to serve your snacks.

I baked the Cheddar and Chive Biscuits on the right, which is way better than store-bought and you can find the recipe HERE for them.

Nut And Herb Crusted Cheese Ball

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup Creamy Blue Cheese, broken
125g (1/2 tub/brick) Cream Cheese, plain, softened
2 TB Brown Onion Soup Powder
1 t Chili Flakes
3 TB Fresh Parsley, finely chopped
3 TB Fresh Chives, finely chopped
1 t Lemon Zest
1/3 cup Pecan Nuts, Walnuts or Sprinkling Nuts (toasted and chopped)

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Blend together the Blue Cheese, Cream Cheese and Soup Powder until smooth - form into a Ball, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or two until firm.
2.) Meanwhile, mix together the remaining ingredients - place on a plate and set aside {I leave it open in order for the Parsley and Chives to dry out just a tiny bit, which makes it easier to stick to the Cheese Ball}.
3.) Remove the Cheese Ball from the refrigerator - roll in the Nut and Herb mixture, pressing lightly - let stand for 15 minutes before serving or keep chilled until ready to serve.

Nut and Herb Crusted Cheese Ball ~ Rich and very tasty Cheese Ball with the most delicious, somewhat spicy, Nut and Fresh Herbs Crusted all around - this is a winner as an Appetizer every time and great to add to a savory platter too ! #Appetizer #Snack


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By Stephanie Lynn      

15 comments:

  1. This looks absolutely amaze! Pinned! Can't wait to make this over the holidays :)

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  2. I love this! I would definitely make it for the holidays.

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  3. This looks beautiful! Any thought on a sub for the bleu cheese? Maybe goat? Some of my family isn't crazy about blue, it sounds like your may not be as well, is it not noticeable? Anyway, thanks for the recipe!

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  4. I LOVE blue cheese. I am pinning and making this cheese ball. Thank you for sharing this recipe with Make It Monday.

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  5. Oh that looks really yummy! I think my family would really like it, what a great idea :)

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  6. Oh wow, that looks better than anything you would buy. Perfect as an appetizers, looks amazing.

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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  7. YUM! It reminds me of my mom's cheese ball recipe...which I can almost taste right now. Thank you for linking this up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope you'll come back later this week with your latest makes!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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  8. This looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. Lou Lou Girls

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  9. This looks yummy. I am alone in my love of blue cheese, too. I have to sneak it or call it something different.

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  10. I love cheese balls and have never had one with blue cheese. (I like blue cheese too).

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  11. Your Nut and Herb Crusted Cheese Ball makes such a lovely appetizer! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  12. Hello cute lady! I'm here to let you know that Jessica chose this as her favorite post and we will be featuring it at our party tonight at 7 pm. Woo Hoo! I hope to see you there. Lou Lou Girls

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  13. Happy New Year! This post was featured at this week's pin party at The Pin Junkie!

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  14. I can never say "no" to a good cheese ball. I cannot wait to make this next year. Thank you for linking up to On Display Thursday!

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