Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball

Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball

Prepare this retro-chic snack up to two days ahead.

Try with H&F Bread Co. Crostini

Ingredients:Yield: 14 servings (serving size: 2 tablespoons)

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

Preparation:

  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.

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