Spicy Cheese Balls

Spicy Cheese Balls

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When it's game time bite size snacks score points with those wild fans. Spicy Cheese Balls is a simple, fantastic appetizer recipe. Easy to make, easy to enjoy, easy to knock back, call the shots and ref your family's appetite.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Put the cream cheese, cheddar, garlic, parsley, cayenne and black peppers, and salt in a food processor. Process for 5 to 10 seconds, until well blended. Scrape the mixture into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
     
  2. Spread the chopped walnuts on a plate. Shape the cheese mixture into 35 to 40 small cheese balls, each about the size of a large marble. Roll each cheese ball in the walnuts, coating the outside (you may have to press a little to ensure sticking).
     
  3. Serve the cheese balls on a large platter. You can put a toothpick in each ball, but you could also surround them with crackers and let guests use their hands. It all depends on what kind of party you’re having.

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