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These cheese balls are so yummy! They are also very festive in color!  I made them into 4 large balls but you could make them into smaller size balls.  This was a big hit at my last open house.  So we are going to make them again!

Creamy Goat Cheese Balls


8 oz cream cheese, softened
6 oz semi soft goat cheese (chevre or crumbled feta cheese)
24 pickled, finely chopped jalapeno pepper slices or small, chopped pimiento stuffed green olives, well drained (I do both)
1/2 c. dried red sweet pepper, finely chopped (or sweet paprika)
1/2 c. snipped, finely chopped fresh cilantro(or chopped dry cilantro)
1/2 c dry dill (or fresh finely shopped)
1/3 c. chopped toasted pumpkin seeds (out of shell) or dry onion flakes


In a medium bowl, stir together the cheeses until smooth.  Cover and chill for 1 hr. 

 For the small balls use a rounded tablespoon of the cheese and form it around a chopped pepper or olive. This recipe will make up to 24 small, individual cheese balls.

 If you want to just make large cheeseballs then this recipe will make 4.  Just divide the dough into 4's. (Note the cheese mixture will be sticky. You can wear kitchen gloves)

The last step is where you use the spices, nuts, herbs & seeds. To make them look festive you have the green of the herbs and the red of the pepper flakes or paprika.  Set up each spice/herb/seed/nut in a bowl and roll one ball in a spice.  Have fun with it and feel free to experiment with other ingredients.
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