Prepare this retro-chic snack up to two days ahead, and serve with crackers, bread, or veggies.
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon nonfat buttermilk
5 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened
3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons minced pitted Medjool dates (2 to 3 dates)
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, toasted
How to Make It
Place first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Add dates, shallots, lemon rind, salt, and pepper; beat at medium speed until well blended, scraping sides of bowl as necessary.
Spoon cheese mixture onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Form into a ball, using a rubber spatula. Wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap; chill overnight.
Combine parsley and walnuts in a shallow dish. Unwrap cheese ball; gently roll in nut mixture, coating well. Place on a serving plate. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
I hardly got a good taste of this, but what I did taste was delicious. Everyone else really liked it. I used feta cheese instead of blue cheese, because I had lots of feta on hand. I think it would have been good with blue cheese, too, but was very good with the feta. I let it "cure" in the frig for two days for the flavors to blend, and I think that really helped. Next time I think it would be good to add some chopped walnuts to the cheese ball itself, instead of just rolling the ball in the nuts. All in all was very good, and would make again.
I had become tired of my standard cheddar cheese ball and was excited to try this one. I made it as an appetizer over the holidays and it was devoured in 30 min. Even if you don't like blue cheese, it's only a hint and I served it at a superbowl party and people who thought they hated blue cheese loved it! I added some honey to the mixture and mixed some walnuts throughout-instead of just on the outside. If you aren't a fan of dates, then dried apricots make a good substitution.
This was so easy to make and such a hit. The flavour of the blue cheese with the sweet dates is excellent. Brought this to a party and the host told me that I'm not allowed coming back without it. He likes the cheeseball more than me!
Excellent flavor. I did, however, make a mistake. I used the full packages of both cream cheese. The ball never set up and so I ended up putting the cheese into a small serving bowl and topped with the parsley and walnuts. Served with crudites and crackers. Very tasty.
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