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Feta-Cucumber Cheese Balls

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling

Makes

2 dozen

The light and refreshing flavor of this recipe has made it one of my favorites. I've made variations of it for three different holidays—this Fourth of July version with tomato and basil was gone by the end of the day! —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 package (4 ounces) crumbled tomato and basil feta cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup peeled, seeded and finely chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 24 fresh basil leaves
  • 24 toothpicks

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, feta cheese and salt until blended. Stir in cucumber. Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes.
  2. Shape tablespoonfuls of cheese mixture into balls. Roll in walnuts. Thread a folded basil leaf and cheese ball on each toothpick. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 67 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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