Mediterranean Cheese Ball

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2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (8-ounce) package feta cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup finely chopped ripe black olives
3 tablespoons capers
1/2 small red bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup pine nuts, toasted
Toasted pita wedges


Beat cream cheese and feta cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in olives and next 4 ingredients. Shape cheese mixture into a ball; cover and chill at least 3 hours. Roll in toasted pine nuts just before serving. Serve with toasted pita wedges.


Melinda Bacurin, Murfreesboro, Tennessee,

May 2005