Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Emma

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Mini Cheese Ball Bites recipe

Welcome to the delightful world of Gourmet Mini Cheese Ball Bites – a perfect blend of taste and convenience! These bite-sized treats are the go-to choice for any gathering, be it a cozy family get-together or a vibrant holiday party.

Combining the rich flavors of cream cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan with the zest of sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and peppered salami, these mini cheese balls are not just an appetizer; they’re a taste sensation.

Ready in under an hour and perfect for making ahead, they are sure to be the highlight of your culinary spread.

Easy Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Ingredients

CHEESE BALLS MIXTURE

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 cup freshly shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 15 slices peppered salami, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon each onion powder and garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

COATING

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients for the cheese ball mixture in a large bowl. Mix until evenly combined, then cover and chill for 30 minutes to 1 day.
  2. For the coating, mix pecans, pistachios, and minced parsley in a shallow dish.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to form mini cheese balls from the mixture. Roll each ball in the nut coating, pressing gently to adhere.
  4. If serving immediately, insert a pretzel stick into each cheese ball. If serving later, add pretzel sticks just before serving to avoid sogginess.
  5. Serve with crackers, crostini, or vegetables.

Notes

  • Make ahead: Fully prepare the cheese balls, excluding pretzel sticks, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  • Storage: Remove pretzel sticks and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

FAQs

  1. Can I omit the nuts from the coating? Absolutely! The nuts can be left out for those with allergies or preferences.
  2. How long do these cheese balls last? They stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Add pretzel sticks just before serving.
  3. Are they suitable for vegetarians? Yes, but ensure you use vegetarian-friendly cheeses and salami.

The Gourmet Mini Cheese Ball Bites are a delightful combination of flavor and texture, making them an excellent choice for any gathering.

Their ease of preparation and versatility in serving make them an indispensable addition to your appetizer repertoire!

If you’re looking for another festive and delightful recipe to complement these Mini Cheese Ball Bites at your gathering, don’t miss out on our Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies.

They’re not only delicious but also add a charming touch to your holiday spread. Check out the recipe here for a sweet addition to your party menu!

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Mini Cheese Ball Bites recipe

Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Discover the perfection of my Mini Cheese Ball Bites—a blend of cream cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and peppered salami. Quick and ideal for any occasion, they promise to elevate your culinary experience.

  • Total Time: 59 minutes
  • Yield: 24 balls 1x

Ingredients

Scale

CHEESE BALLS MIXTURE

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 cup freshly shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 15 slices peppered salami, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon each onion powder and garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

COATING

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley

Instructions

  1. Mix all cheese ball mixture ingredients in a large bowl until evenly combined. Cover and chill for 30 minutes to 1 day.
  2. Prepare the coating by combining pecans, pistachios, and minced parsley in a shallow dish.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to form mini cheese balls from the mixture. Roll each in the nut coating, pressing gently to adhere.
  4. Insert a pretzel stick into each cheese ball if serving immediately; add sticks just before serving if later.
  5. Serve with crackers, crostini, or vegetables.

Notes

  • Make-ahead and storage: Prepare cheese balls (excluding pretzel sticks) and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Nutrition Disclaimer: Nutritional information is an estimate only. For precise advice, consult a dietitian or nutritionist.
  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 29 minutes
  • Cook Time: .
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No-cook
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 136 (approx. per ball)
  • Sugar: 0.75 g
  • Sodium: 202 mg
  • Fat: 11.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.04 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6.36 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.08 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.46 g
  • Fiber: 0.38 g
  • Protein: 3.84 g
  • Cholesterol: 26.79 mg

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