Mini cheese balls

    50 min

    My version of cream cheese balls with olives is a bit on the unusual side - I like to add some wine to the cheese and coat the cheese balls with a mix of nigella seeds, paprika and pistachios.

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    Makes: 15 to 20 cheese balls

    • 300g cream cheese, softened
    • 2 tablespoons white wine
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1 onion, minced
    • 80g olives, minced
    • 100g Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
    • salt and pepper
    • 3 tablespoons nigella seeds
    • 3 tablespoons paprika
    • 3 tablespoons chopped pistachios

    Prep:20min  ›  Extra time:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. In a bowl stir cream cheese and wine till smooth. Add garlic, onion, olives and Pecorino and stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
    2. Shape the mixture into walnut-sized balls. Mix herbs and pistachios on a plate and dredge cheese balls till coated all around. Chill till serving.

    Cook's note

    Use other spices or herbs to your liking, or try adding minced smoked salmon or prawns to the cream cheese.

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