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Ripe Olive Cheese Ball

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  • Makes: 56 servings
  • Yield: 2 balls (3-1/2 cups)
  • Prep 15 mins
  • Chill 4 hrs
  • Stand 45 mins

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Ingredients

  • 2 8 - ounce package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (2 ounces)
  • 1 4 1/4 - ounce can sliced pitted ripe olives, drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion or snipped fresh chives
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted
  • Snipped fresh parsley (optional)
  • Assorted crackers and/or apple or pear slices

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, place cream cheese, butter and blue cheese; let stand 30 minutes to reach room temperature. With an electric mixer, beat mixture on low speed until smooth. Stir in olives and green onion. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
  2. Shape mixture into 2 balls; cover and chill until serving time. (Or, place in a freezer container and freeze up to 3 months. Let thaw in refrigerator overnight before serving.) To serve, roll in nuts. Let stand for 15 minutes. If you like, garnish with snipped parsley. Serve with assorted crackers or apple or pear slices. Makes 2 balls (3-1/2 cups, fifty-six 1-tablespoons servings).

Nutrition Facts

(Ripe Olive Cheese Ball)

Servings Per Recipe 56, sodium (mg) 69, vit. A (IU) 194, calcium (mg) 20, iron (mg) 0, cal. (kcal) 55, pro. (g) 1, sat. fat (g) 3, chol. (mg) 14, Fat, total (g) 6, carb. (g) 1

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