cranberry walnut cheese ball
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Cranberry Walnut Cheese Ball

Prep: 30 mins
Total: 30 mins
If you're looking for an easy, festive, and nutritious appetizer for holiday meals, this Cranberry Walnut Cheese Ball has you completely covered!
Servings: 12
Calories: 89kcal
Author: Raia

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese room temp
  • 1 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 t. orange zest
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped dried cranberries divided
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • A few hours (or the day before) you'd like to devour the cheese ball, set out the cream cheese and let it come to room temperature.
  • Combine cheeses, zest, and half of the chopped cranberries until smooth and well mixed.
  • Stir cheese mixture in a ball and place it in the center of a piece of plastic wrap.
  • Wrap the ball in the plastic, firming up the shape as you wrap.
  • Place the cheese ball in the fridge overnight or until firm.
  • Before serving, combine the remaining cranberries with the walnuts.
  • Roll the cheese ball in the cranberry/walnut mixture.
  • Serve with gluten-free crackers.

Notes

For my dried cranberries, I simply roughly chopped up some fresh cranberries, spread them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, and dehydrated them at 170 degrees for about 6 hours. You could alternately use craisins, though they usually contain sugar.
 
Nutrition values are approximate.

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1mg
courses: Appetizer
cuisine: American
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