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recipe: mediterranean cheese balls

to make the cheese base:
8 oz cream cheese, at room temp
1-1/2 tblsp green onion white parts, chopped
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper

to make the flavors:
4 oz blue cheese, crumbled
4 oz cheddar cheese, crumbled or shredded
4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 tsp kalamata olives, chopped

to make the coatings:
1/2 C bacon, cooked and chopped into bits
1/2 C parsley, chopped
1/2 C walnuts, chopped

1. In a stand mixer, or in a bowl with a wooden spoon, blend the cream cheese, onions, Worcestershire sauce and pepper until fully combined.

2. Divide cream cheese mixture into three separate bowls. Place blue cheese in one, cheddar and jalapeno in another, and feta and olive in the last. Mix each until combined.

3. Roll into small bite sized balls and coat blue cheese balls in walnuts, cheddar and jalapeno in bacon ‘bits’, and feta and olive in parsley.

5. Refrigerate covered for 30-60 minutes then serve.

Adam’s hints:
—you can really mix these up as you fancy since any flavor combos you like will probably work well.
—and they can be made well in advance. Simply blend the cheese based, roll into balls and pop in the fridge. When ready to serve, roll in the coatings and it’s time to party!

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