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Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball

Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams
Yield 14 servings (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
Prepare this retro-chic snack up to two days ahead, and serve with crackers, bread, or veggies.

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 78
  • fat 4.8 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • monofat 1.2 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 4.2 g
  • carbohydrate 5.3 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 12 mg
  • iron 0.2 mg
  • sodium 229 mg
  • calcium 74 mg

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.