Tricoloured Savoury Mini Cheese Balls

We’ve all been there; you’re rushing to get your food ready for a party but your fiddly appetisers are taking an age to make, and you’re still wondering what you’re going to wear for the occasion. Take a tip from us and go for a recipe that’s not only simple but is lightning quick too – and the best thing of all? No cooking involved!
Preparation time: 20 Minutes (plus chilling time if required).
Servings: 6 full sized portions or 12 tasty bite-sized morsels.

Ingredients:

Twelve ounces of Original Cream Cheese. We used Philadelphia, but other versions would work just as well.
One Tablespoon of Poppy Seed
Two crushed cloves of garlic stored separately
Two tablespoons of finely chopped fresh parsley
Two teaspoons of chopped fresh thyme leaves
One teaspoon of finely chopped fresh rosemary
A quarter of a cup of finely chopped dried cranberries
Two tablespoons of finely chopped pecans

Equipment needed:

Three small bowls
A plate to serve

Method:

Step 1: Cut your cream cheese into six equal pieces, and roll each of these into a small ball.

Step 2: In one of the three bowls, combine the sesame seed, half of the garlic and poppy seed.

Step 3: In a second bowl mix the herbs and the remaining garlic together.

Step 4: In the last of the bowls combine the cranberries and the nuts.

Step 5: You then need to roll two of the cheese balls in each of the mixtures until fully coated. Be careful not to use too much pressure as the cheese balls will become misshapen.

Step 6: Arrange the six balls on a plate and place in the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve. Either serve whole or cut in half for smaller portions.

Step 7: Enjoy the dinner party with a glass of wine or two…or three!

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