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...
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
Add 1/4 cup of the chopped craisins to the goat cheese and cream cheese and mix in just until incorporated.
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).
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.
Stuck it in the fridge overnight and then put it on a plate.
I then added a few crackers...
Posed it a little more