Cranberry Walnut Cheese Ball
If you're looking for an easy, festive, and nutritious appetizer for holiday meals, this Cranberry Walnut Cheese Ball has you completely covered!
- 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
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.
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.
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