Mini Harvest Cheese Ball Appetizer

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Eva Amurri shares her mini harvest cheese ball appetizer

By now, a lot of us have our favorite “greatest hits” dishes that we make time and time again during the holidays. Those recipes that are either passed down or that we found on the internet and committed to memory from making them over and over again. I have a few myself (of course I’ve shared them on the blog in recent years!), but I tend to try to refresh my dish arsenal for the holidays in a couple of categories each year: side dishes, and appetizers.

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Yummy new side dishes can be a great thing to add to your family gathering, especially if you’re on the hook for something to bring to a party! But I must get the most questions EVER about my favorite appetizers! Easy appetizers that are delicious and look great are not the easiest to come by. I prefer appetizers that are able to be at least MOSTLY made in advance! Whenever I’m hosting, it’s important to me to keep the stress level low and to be able to mingle with my guests. Being stuck in the kitchen assembling food can be such a bummer! I love sharing appetizers that are easy to make ahead of time, and today I’m sharing one of the best!

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These little Mini Harvest Cheese Ball appetizers blend all the greatest fall flavors into rich and creamy balls of goodness. They’re easily grabbed and popped onto appetizer plates. I like serving them alongside a range of crackers and pretzels that your guests can choose from. Then, they have their own little individual balls of cheesy dip to feast on. It’s a great one for nicer events as well. My kids even enjoy these, which is saying a lot for an appetizer that isn’t chips! LOL. I hope they make your mingling time easier and more delicious this holiday season.

Ingredients…

(Serves 30)

For the Cheese Balls…
For the coating…
Mini Harvest Cheese Ball Appetizer

Step 1:

Combine Ingredients and Mix

Combine softened cream cheese, softened goat cheese, finely cut shredded parmesan cheese, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, and chives into a large bowl and mix.

Step 2:

Roll Mixture into Bite-Sizes

Next, take the mixture and make bite-size balls by rolling it into the palm of your hands. Once rolled, set them aside on wax paper.

Step 3:

Combine Coating Ingredients

In a small bowl, combine chives, pecans, and dried cranberries for the cheese ball coating.

Step 4:

Coat Cheese Balls

Coat the bite-size cheese balls by rolling them in the small bowl of chives, pecans and dried cranberries.

Step 5:

Add Pretzel Stick

Place a pretzel stick in the middle of the top of the cheese ball.

Step 6:

Garnish

Add a chive garnish bow to each pretzel stick- place on your Thanksgiving table!

 

Eva Amurri shares her mini harvest cheese ball appetizer

Mini Harvest Cheese Ball Appetizer

I am all about making easy appetizers for the holidays- the less stress the better! This Mini Harvest Cheese Ball Appetizer takes 10 minutes to make and is so yummy- even my kids love it just as much as me!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Hors D'Oeuvres, Snack
Servings 30 servings
Calories 96 kcal

Ingredients

  • (2) 8 oz Cream Cheese , Softened
  • 4 oz Goat Cheese
  • 4 oz Parmesan Shredded Cheese, Finely Cut
  • 1 cup Dried Cranberries, Roughly Chopped
  • 1 cup Pecans, Finely Chopped
  • 3/4 cup Chives, Thinly Sliced
  • 30 pieces Pretzel Sticks

Instructions
 

  • Combine softened cream cheese, softened goat cheese, finely cut shredded parmesan cheese, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, and chives into a large bowl and mix.
  • Next, take the mixture and make bite-size balls by rolling it into the palm of your hands. Once rolled, set them aside on wax paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine chives, pecans, and dried cranberries for the cheese ball coating.
  • Coat the bite size cheese balls by rolling them in the small bowl of chives, pecans and dried cranberries.
  • Place a pretzel stick in the middle of the top of the cheese ball.
  • Add a chive garnish bow to each pretzel stick- place on your Thanksgiving table!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Mini Harvest Cheese Ball Appetizer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 118mg5%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 241IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Cheese, Chives, Cranberries, Pecans, Pretzels
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