Recipes

Appetizers & Snacks

Easy Cheesy Ball

Ingredients:

  • 8-ounce package light cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons low trans-fat margarine with 8 g of fat per tablespoon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant cheddar cheese sauce mix (use the envelope from a macaroni and cheese mix, or cheddar cheese powder from the store's spice section)
  • 1 cup shredded, reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley (or 3/4 teaspoon dried)
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preparation:
1. Put cream cheese, margarine, cheddar cheese powder, cheddar cheese, lemon juice, parsley, and green onion in small food processor bowl. Process until nicely blended. Put chopped nuts into a shallow bowl.
2. Shape cheese mixture into a ball or log using clean hands, then roll it in the chopped nuts. Wrap well with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with lower-fat, higher-fiber crackers.

Yield:
12 servings (1 cheese ball)

Nutritional Information:
Per serving: 92 calories, 5 g protein, 2 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat, 3.3 g saturated fat, 14 mg cholesterol, 0.2 g fiber, 147 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 69%.

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Last Editorial Review: 2/14/2006




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