Great Balls of Cheese – Greek Bites

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Recipe: Great Balls of Cheese– Greek Bites

Summary: The cheese part of these bites is savory and delicious on its own but then surprise! There’s an olive inside.

Ingredients

    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 8 ounces feta cheese
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
    • Zest of 1 lemon, grated
    • 1 tablespoon dry white wine (optional)
    • 16 Kalamata olives, pitted
    • 1 cup pine nuts, toasted, for coating (or your favorite nut or crushed pretzels)
    • 32 thin pretzel sticks, for serving (optional)
    • Fresh mint leaves, for decorating (optional)

Instructions

  1. Using a stand mixer or a bowl and a spatula, combine the cream cheese, feta, oregano, lemon zest, and wine, if using. Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour.
  2. Cut the olives in half. Using your fingers, wrap about 1 tablespoon of the cheese mixture around each olive half to cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Before serving, roll each ball in the pine nuts. Spear each with a pretzel stick, if using, or toothpick and garnish with a mint leaf, if desired.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Number (yield): 32 bites

Recipe adapted from: Great Balls of Cheese Cookbook from Michelle Buffardi

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