Get the party started with this cheesy crowd-pleaser! This Homemade Cheeseball with Nuts and Crackers is tasty and healthy. Made with clean ingredients like scallions, pistachios, almonds, and blended with some zesty spices, this bite-sized snack has a bold kick. The recipe calls for reduced-fat versions of your favorite cheeses, which keeps the snack’s calorie count in check. Each ball packs a protein punch, and the fiery flavors from the spices will jumpstart your metabolism. This yummy cheese ball recipe is a snap to whip up and an awesome appetizer for any get-together!
Yields: 16 servings | Serving Size: 2 tablespoons | Calories: 105 | Total Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 161mg | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fiber: 1g | Sugars: 1g | Protein: 4g | SmartPoints: 4
- 1 (8-ounce) package Neufchâtel cheese or low-fat cream cheese (nonfat will also work)
- 1 cup reduced-fat white sharp shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1/4 of a lemon)
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 sliced scallions (just greens)
- 1/2 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup almonds or pine nuts, coarsely chopped
- Mix all ingredients (except the nuts) with a food processor or by hand.
- Form into a ball. If it is too hard to form the ball, let the mixture sit in the fridge for an hour, covered, to harden.
- Spread the nuts evenly on a plate. Roll the ball in the nuts to cover. Set in the fridge, covered, for 1- 2 hours to harden.
- Serve on a platter with a cheese knife and whole wheat crackers.
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