From the December 2016 issue

Ornament Cheese Ball Recipe

The festive flavors of cranberry, goat cheese and rosemary collide in this fun recipe from the Great Balls of Cheese recipe book.

Serves 12 to 15

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. goat cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/4 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • Small pieces multicolored bell peppers and/or radishes and 1 fresh chive, for decorating
  • Crackers or baguette slices, for serving

Instructions

Using a stand mixer or a bowl and a spatula, mix together cream cheese, goat cheese, cranberries, rosemary and garlic until combined. Form the mixture into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight. Before serving, decorate the cheese ball with small pieces of bell pepper and/or radishes. Fold the chive into a loop and stick it into the top of the ornament, forming a “hook.” Serve with crackers or baguette slices.

Tip: Find tiny cookie cutters in kitchen supply/craft stores to cut peppers into shapes.

Great Balls of Cheese
By Michelle Buffardi
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2013 • $16.99

Excerpted from Great Balls of Cheese © 2013 by Michelle Buffardi. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

Photo by Jason Wyche/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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