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Peppered and fresh herb cheese ball

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

A delicious jazzed up appetizer

A mixture of cream cheese, Gorgonzola cheese and fresh herbs are blended into this super-easy and delicious appetizer. Serve with seasonal fruits and a variety of crackers for a simple starter.

Peppered and fresh herb cheese ball

Nobody likes a boring appetizer while waiting for the main course. Here we jazzed up a basic cheese ball recipe by adding in Gorgonzola, lots of fresh earthy herbs and garlic. Before serving, the cheese ball is coated in fresh cracked pepper and more herbs. A drizzle of sweet honey really helps bring out the flavors in this easy recipe.

Peppered and fresh herb cheese ball recipe

Yields about 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 small handful fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Extra chopped herbs for garnish (optional)
  • Honey for drizzling (optional)
  • Assorted fruits and crackers

Directions:

  1. In a bowl combine the cream cheese, Gorgonzola cheese, herbs, garlic and lemon juice. With a hand mixer, beat the mixture until it’s creamy and the ingredients are well incorporated.
  2. Spoon the mixture onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Form into a ball or log shape and tightly wrap the cheese mixture in the plastic wrap. Chill for several hours or, for best flavor, overnight.
  3. Before serving, remove the cheese from the plastic wrap and sprinkle the cheese ball with freshly cracked pepper then roll in extra fresh herbs. Place on a serving platter with fruits, crackers and drizzle with honey if desired.

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