Holiday Antipasto Cheese Ball

By Sandra B – Toronto, ON
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Holiday Antipasto Cheese Ball
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 510
  • Servings: 12
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About this Recipe

Prepared for a gathering of friends, this cheese ball is a nod to all the wonderful tastes on an antipasto platter: smoked ham, sun dried tomatoes, black olives, grilled artichokes and great Reggiano.

Ingredients

100 g finely diced Maple Leaf Country Kitchen Smoked Ham
225 g light deli style cream cheese
125 g good quality ricotta cheese
75 g grated reggianno Parmesan cheese
100 g grilled artichoke hearts in oil, drained and finely chopped
60 g oil preserved sun dried or oven roasted tomatoes, finely diced
40 g pitted kalamata olives, finely chopped
2 tbsp finely diced red onion or chives
salt, pepper or cayenne to taste if desired

Directions

1.
Mix the cheeses together in a large metal or glass bowl.
2.
Add the diced and chopped ingredients into the cheese mixture and mix well with a fork.
Season if you wish but taste the mixture first, before seasoning .
3.
Roll the mixture into a ball. Place into a covered bowl or container, and refrigerate overnight.
4.
Serve with a variety of nice crackers or flat bread. Garnish with olives and pickles.

Notes

This recipe will yield two cheese balls so you have the option of serving one spicy and one mild.

Variations:
1. You may roll the cheese balls in a coating such as Parmesan cheese, crushed pistachio nuts, a mix of garlic and paprika., etc.

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