Here’s a great recipe to get you ready for the holidays and it won’t throw you off track. I found this at Better Home & Gardens website.
Olive Cheese Ball
Makes: 48 servings
Serving size: 1 tablespoon Yield: 3 cups
Prep: 45 mins Chill: 4 hrs to 24 hrs Stand: 15 mins
1 – 8 ounce package light cream cheese
8 – ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup chopped pitted ripe olives, well drained
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or almonds, toasted
Assorted vegetables and crackers for the carb lovers.
Place cream cheese, blue cheese, and butter in a large bowl; let stand until room temperature. Beat cheeses and butter with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Stir in olives and chives.
Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
Shape mixture into a ball; cover and chill until serving time.
To serve: roll in nuts.
Let stand for 15 minutes. If desired, garnish with parsley.
Serve with assorted vegetables, crackers or apple slices.
Makes 3 cups (forty-eight 1-tablespoon servings).
Make Ahead Tip:
Prepare cheese ball, except do not roll in nuts; cover and chill up to 24 hours before rolling in nuts and serving.
Nutrition Facts (Olive Cheese Ball)
Servings Per Recipe 48,
Protein (gm) 2
Carbohydrate (gm) 1
Fat, total (gm) 5