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Herb-Coated Mini Cheese Balls

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Herb-Coated Mini Cheese Balls
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 24
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Herbs and two types of cheese are rolled into balls to make delicious cold appetizers-serve with bagel chips.

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)

Directions

  • 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.
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 INFORMATION PER SERVING

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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