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Celebration Cheese Balls

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Makes: 3 cheese balls Total Time: 30 min
Category: Appetizers Sub Category: Spreads & Cheese Balls

what you need
  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • PINE NUT-PESTO CHEESE BALL:
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared pesto
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp. + 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • HORSERADISH-BACON CHEESE BALL:
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • SALSA CHEESE BALL:
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp. minced seeded jalapeno pepper
  • Assorted crackers
make it
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, parmesan cheese and garlic until blended. Divide into three portions.

For pine nut-pesto cheese ball: In a small mixing bowl, beat one portion of cream cheese mixture and pesto until blended. Stir in basil. Chop 2 Tbsp. pine nuts, stir into cheese mixture. Shape into a ball; roll in remaining pine nuts. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill until firm.

For horseradish-bacon cheese ball: In a small mixing bowl, beat one portion of cream cheese mixture and horseradish until blended. Stir in bacon and onion. Shape into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill until firm.

For salsa cheese ball: In a small mixing bowl, beat one portion of cream cheese mixture, tomato paste and salt until blended. Stir in the cilantro, onion and jalapeno. Shape into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill until firm.
Notes
Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Serve with crackers.
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