Bacon and Onion Cheese Balls

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Easy-to-make one-bite appetizers are the epitome of savoury goodness. Prepare this recipe from Canadian Living's Annabelle Waugh ahead of time and they'll sit conveniently in the refrigerator until guests arrive. The coating of nuts over the creamy cheese will keep your guests' hands clean as they mingle.

Bacon and Onion Cheese Balls

Ingredients

5 slices sodium-reduced bacon
1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted, roasted natural (skin-on) whole almonds
1 pkg soft goat cheese
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper

Preparation

  1. In skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towel- lined plate. Chop into 1/4-inch (5 mm) pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, in food processor, pulse almonds until coarsely ground; set aside in small bowl. In large bowl, combine bacon, goat cheese, green onions, garlic and pepper. Roll by scant 1 tbsp into balls. Roll in almonds, pressing to adhere.
  3. Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Change it up: Basil and Lemon Cheese Balls

Omit bacon and garlic. Add 1-1/2 tsp grated lemon zest and 1/4  cup chopped fresh basil.

Change it up: Cranberry and Pistachio Cheese Balls

Omit bacon, green onions and garlic. Add 1/3 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped. Substitute shelled unsalted pistachios for almonds.

From Canadian Living Magazine: December 2013

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

Yield: 24 pieces

 

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