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Avocado Goat Cheese Truffles

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + chilling

Makes

4 dozen

Give guests the VIP treatment with luxurious truffles you can make in your own kitchen. The goat cheese is mild, and red pepper heats up each bite just a bit. Crackers are the perfect accompaniment. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
Avocado Goat Cheese Truffles Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh goat cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 3 medium ripe avocados, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 cups salted pumpkin seeds or pepitas, finely chopped
  • Pretzel sticks, optional

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, beat cheeses, garlic, lime zest, oil, chili powder and pepper flakes until blended. Stir in onion and cilantro. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
  2. With a small melon baller, scoop out avocado balls onto a baking sheet; sprinkle with lime juice. Shape 1-1/2 teaspoons cheese mixture around each ball, then roll in pumpkin seeds. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until serving. If desired, serve with pretzel sticks.

Nutrition Facts

1 truffle: 65 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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