Fiesta Cheese Ball

This zippy cheese ball is perfect for church functions, showers and parties where folks always ask for the recipe. A deliciously different appetizer, it makes even a plain plate of crackers seem festive.

Yield

1 cheese ball (12 servings)

Ingredients

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
3 to 4 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
2 to 3 tablespoons grated onion
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
assorted crackers

Directions

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese. Add the cheese, cilantro, onion, chili powder. garlic. garlic salt. oregano, red pepper flakes, cumin and hot pepper sauce. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Shape into a ball. Roll in parsley. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Serve with crackers.

Nutritional Information

2 tablespoons cheese ball (calculated without crackers) equals 79 calories, 7 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 153 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

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