Monday, February 24, 2014

Mini Pistachio and Craisin Cheese Balls

Well, another week has flown by, and it's NPA time again.

Well it was on Friday.   

This is AKA the night I get together with the ladies to have a drink, unwind, talk and nosh.    Mostly it's unwind, talk and nibble on goodies.

And as you may have surmised, I like to make stuff, and share.   We have all kinds of goodies that are brought, from salted nuts to cheeses to chocolate, really it doesn't matter what is served, the main thing is we get together and have a good time at NPA. 

Awhile ago I ran across this recipe and thought it would be a natural for either Tapas or NPA or Boat Club or...
Mini Pistachio and Craisin Cheese Balls

I just wanted an excuse to make it, OK?

So I did.

Mini Craisin Pistachio Cheese Balls

6 oz. Goat Cheese
2 oz. Cream Cheese
3/4 cup finely chopped Craisins or Cherries
1/2- 3/4 cup finely chopped Pistachio's  (I just bought a bag of toasted salted pistachio's and then shelled them)
a pinch of salt if desired, but I thought the pistachio's had enough salt
toothpicks to serve with
crackers to serve with

Mini Pistachio and Craisin Cheese Balls

Add 1/4 cup of the chopped craisins to the goat cheese and cream cheese and mix in just until incorporated.

Mini Pistachio and Craisin Cheese Balls


Combine the remaining Craisins and chopped pistachios in a shallow bowl. If pistachios aren't already salted, add a large pinch of salt to the mixture to taste. Divide cheese Craisin mixture into 12 evenly-sized balls. Or just dollop a little of the cheese mixture into the chopped pistachio/craisin mixture and roll each ball until well covered, and transfer to serving plate. Put a pick into the center of each ball, if desired.  Refrigerate until ready to serve (up to 1 day).



Mini Pistachio and Craisin Cheese Balls
 Don't they look purty?
Mini Pistachio and Craisin Cheese Balls

 I had some cheese left over, I had made over a dozen of the little mini cheese balls, so I decided to make a small cheese log with the remainder of the cheese and nuts.
Pistachio and Craisin Cheese Ball

Pistachio and Craisin Cheese Ball
Kinda made a rough roll and plopped it down into the nuts and rolled it up in the plastic wrap into a roll. 
Stuck it in the fridge overnight and then put it on a plate.
Pistachio and Craisin Cheese Ball

I then added a few crackers...
Pistachio and Craisin Cheese Ball

 Posed it a little more
Pistachio and Craisin Cheese Ball
And then we ate it. 


Sid Munkholm
Sid Munkholm

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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