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Mini Cheese Balls with Za’atar Seasoning

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Mini Cheese Balls with Za’atar Seasoning
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 10 min
  • Servings 24
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Make appetizers an adventure with these mini cheese balls.

Ingredients

Cheese Balls

1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2
cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz)
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
1
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2
teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper

Seasoning

2
tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
2
tablespoons za’atar seasoning

Serve-With, As Desired

Food Should Taste Good™ multigrain tortilla chips

Directions

  • 1 Line cookie sheet or large plate with cooking parchment paper or waxed paper.
  • 2 Add Cheese Ball ingredients to food processor. Cover and process until well combined.
  • 3 Drop cheese ball mixture into 24 (1 tablespoon-size) mounds on cookie sheet. Using slightly wet hands, roll mounds into 1 1/4-inch balls. Refrigerate 4 hours.
  • 4 In small bowl, mix Seasoning ingredients. Roll cheese balls in seasoning. Serve with chips.
Tips  

Substitute 1/4 cup dukkah seasoning (an Egyptian spice blend of toasted nuts and seeds), for the za’atar-parsley mixture, if desired.

Substitute another shredded firm cheese, like Gouda or Asiago, for the Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses, if desired.

Za’atar seasoning is a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean blend of herbs and seeds. If you have trouble finding za’atar seasoning at your grocer, you can easily make your own: In small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves, 1 tablespoon sumac, 1 tablespoon ground cumin, 1 tablespoon sesame seed, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Makes 1/4 cup. Store airtight at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Mini Cheese Ball
Calories
50
(
Calories from Fat
40
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
4 1/2g
7%
(
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
13%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
350mg
15%
Potassium
20mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
0g
0%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
0g
)
Protein
2g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
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 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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