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A decorated and decadent appetizer that is versatile, beautiful to display, and super simple to make.
Christmas Ornament Cheese Ball
Course:
Appetizer
Seasonal Event:
Christmas
Yield:
12 Servings
INGREDIENT:

POMEGRANATE BASIL BRIE:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces soft brie (rind removed)
  • ¾ cup freshly minced basil leaves
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils (for coating)

DILL GOAT CHEESE SCALLION:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ¼ cup finely minced dill (for coating)

CHEDDAR BACON PECAN:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces grated cheddar cheese (~1 cup, packed)
  • ½ cup crumbled bacon bits
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup toasted pecan pieces (for coating)

DECORATIONS/SERVING:

  • Celery sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Crackers for serving

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT CHEESE BALL DIRECTIONS:

  1. For each flavor, beat together all ingredients except for the coating (pomegranate arils, minced dill, chopped pecans) in stand mixer until thoroughly combined.
  2. Remove cheese mixture from bowl and place on sheet of plastic wrap. Using your hands, shape cheese into round ball. If cheese is too soft, refrigerate in 20-minute increments until firm enough to handle.
  3. Place coating ingredient in bowl. Peel plastic wrap off cheese ball and press coatings into exterior until completely coated.
  4. Slice celery sticks into thin strips or curly shavings and press one into the top of each cheese ball (this should look like the ornament hanger).
  5. Tie ribbon around each cheese ball before serving. Serve with crackers.

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