Recipe

Cranberry Blue Cheese Bites

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Recipe Information

Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 15 (makes 15 bites)

These bite size morsels are irresistible party fare. Wow your guests with this easy appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/3 cup minced dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup finely-chopped pecans

Preparation

In a food processor, blend the cream cheese, garlic and salt until smooth. Transfer cream cheese mixture to a bowl and stir in blue cheese, orange zest and cranberries until evenly distributed. Line a plate or pan with parchment paper. Roll the cheese mixture into 1-inch balls and set on the parchment paper. Then, roll each ball in the chopped pecans and return to plate or pan. Place the cheese balls in the refrigerator to firm.

Serving Suggestion

These fun little bites are perfect for entertaining. Make cheese lollipops using thin pretzel sticks or serve cheese balls with water crackers or baguette slices. Earn extra points by shaping them into little footballs for game day! Don't miss these delicious variations: Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Bites and Savory Herb Cheese Bites.

Nutritional Information

72 calories, 6 g. fat, 13 mg. cholesterol, 105 mg. sodium, 4 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. fiber, 2 g. protein