Project Description

Picture of festive veggie cheese balls.Festive Veggie Cheese Balls

Serves 12 ( 2 cheese balls per person)

  • 1 red bell pepper, minced
  • 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, minced
  • 2 ribs of celery, minced (about ¾ cup)
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (about ½ cup)
  • 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened (½ cup)
  • ¼ cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup finely minced herbs such as parsley, tarragon, or chives

Place all of the ingredients except for the herbs in a medium bowl and mix together.

Spread out the minced herbs on a plate. Using a round tablespoon, scoop up 1 scant tablespoon of the cheese mixture. With moistened hands, roll this into a ball.

Roll the cheese balls in the minced herbs until covered with the herbs. Shake off any excess herbs.

Repeat with the remaining cheese mixture.

Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

Tip: You can make the cheese balls without rolling in the herbs up to 24 hours in advance. Roll in the herbs up to 4 hours before serving.

This recipe may also be made into one large ball and served with whole-grain crackers.

Per serving (2 balls): 35 calories, 1g total fat, 105mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 3g protein