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Fresh Basil-Wrapped Cheese Balls

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 24

Three kinds of cheese wrapped in fresh basil leaves make a wonderful cheese ball appetizer recipe in just 45 minutes! ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1/2
cup mascarpone cheese (4 oz)
1/2
cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (2 oz)
2
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/8
teaspoon pepper
24
fresh basil leaves (2 to 2 1/2 inches long)

Steps

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  • 1
    In small bowl, mix cheeses and pepper until blended. Cover; refrigerate about 30 minutes or until firm enough to shape into balls.
  • 2
    For each appetizer, shape 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese mixture into a ball; roll slightly to form an oval, about 1 inch long. Place on wide end of basil leaf; roll up. Roll leaf and cheese between fingers to form an oval. Repeat with remaining cheese mixture and basil leaves.
  • 3
    Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate no longer than 24 hours.

Expert Tips

  • Four ounces of cream cheese, softened, can be substituted for the mascarpone.
  • If the basil leaves are not the correct size, just chop them and roll the cheese balls in them rather than covering each ball with a whole leaf.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
Calories
20
Calories from Fat
20
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2g
Saturated Fat
2g
Cholesterol
10mg
Sodium
55mg
Total Carbohydrate
0g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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