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Savory Cheese Ball

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling

Makes

2 cups

Blue cheese contributes a pleasant, tangy bite and olive a saltiness to this creamy cheese ball recipe. For the optimum taste, let the cheese ball stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.—Jan Stawara, Howell, Michigan
Savory Cheese Ball Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, blue cheese and butter until smooth. Stir in olives and chives. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Shape cheese mixture into a ball; roll in walnuts. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers.
To Make Pumpkin Shape: Using a knife, score vertical lines along the outside of the ball; insert a broccoli stem into the top. The cheese ball can be made a day in advance; cover and refrigerate until 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 145 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 204mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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