These Savory Mini Cheese Balls are the perfect one-bite appetizer everyone will love!
Are you looking for the perfect quick and easy appetizer to bring to a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party? I have it right here: Savory Mini Cheese Balls. These take just a few minutes to prepare and are quite the party pleaser.
Savory Mini Cheese Balls ingredients:
- 1-1/2pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (12 oz.)
- 2 T toasted sesame seed
- 1 t poppy seed
- 2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
- 2 T finely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 t choped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 t finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
- 2 T finely chopped PLANTERS Pecans
Savory Mini Cheese Balls Directions:
Gather all of your ingredients. These Savory Mini Cheese Balls take just minutes to prepare and are perfect for a crowd because, with the variety of flavors, there’s something for everyone.
You will use one and a half packages of cream cheese to make this recipe (but feel free to use the other half of a package to make extras of your favorite variation). Cut cream cheese into 6 pieces (four 2-ounce balls per package) and roll each portion of cream cheese into a ball.
Combine the different ingredients as follows into three separate bowls:
- fresh parsley, thyme, rosemary, and one minced garlic clove
- cranberries and pecans
- sesame seed, poppy seed, and one minced garlic clove
Be sure to chop the ingredients finely. That’s how you will get an even coating on your savory mini cheese balls.
Roll two cream cheese balls in the sesame seed mixture, roll two cream cheese balls in the herb mixture, and roll the remaining cream cheese balls in the cranberry-nut mixture.
Present the savory mini cheese balls on a nice platter or cutting board at your next get-together. They are delicious served with any type of crackers, toasts, celery sticks, or even pretzels (my personal favorite… I may have eaten two of the Mini Cheese Balls coated with the herb mixture and a pile of pretzels after taking the photos.) They are delicious on bagels, too, if you have any leftovers, which I doubt will happen.