Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Herb-coated Mini Cheese Balls

Ever since a friend introduced me to feta cheese, I crave the stuff. Haven't tried these yet, but you can be sure I'm going to...simply for the feta.

4 oz. cream cheese (use 1/2 of 8 oz. package), softened
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (4 oz.)
1/2 tsp. coarse ground pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
3 T finely chopped fresh basil
1 T finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp. grated lemon peel

Mix cheeses and 1/4 tsp. black pepper, using back of spoon to mash feta, until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate 45-60 minutes or until firm enough to shape into balls. In small shallow bowl, mix herbs, lemon peel, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Shape cheese mixture into 1 in. balls (about 1 tsp. cheese mixture per ball); roll in herb mixture to coat (some cheese will show through the herbs).
Serve with crackers or bagel chips.

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