|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 8 servings|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 16g||20%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||34%|
|Total Carbohydrate 4g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Cheese balls aren't complicated to make, but they always impress as an appetizer at a party. Served with crackers, toast points, and cut vegetables, they're hearty enough to fill people up while still being a lighter option. This particular cheese ball variety incorporates salmon, which makes it a particularly elegant hors d'oeuvre. The horseradish gives it a little extra kick, though you can add more spice with hot sauce or red cayenne pepper.
Combine the cream cheese, lemon juice, onion, horseradish, dill, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a large bowl. Use a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer until the mixture is well-blended.
Drain and flake salmon, removing skin and bone. Add it to the cream cheese mixture and beat at low speed until it's incorporated. Be careful not to overmix and shred the fish into unrecognizable pieces.
Put the bowl in the refrigerator and chill until the mixture is firm enough to handle. If you need it to be done faster, put the mixture into the freezer for 30 minutes.
Wash and dry your hands, leaving them a little damp. When the mixture is firm, use your hands to shape it into a ball.
Combine the fresh chopped parsley and chopped walnuts or pecans on a large plate. Roll the ball in the mixture to coat the sides of the ball thoroughly.
Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
- Instead of canned fish, finely chop about a pound of fresh, cooked salmon. Make sure that all the skin and bones have been removed from the fish.
- Experiment with herbs and spices to see what you like best. Options include Old Bay or lemon pepper.
- If there's a concern about nut allergies, roll the ball in finely chopped herbs instead of chopped nuts.
- Prep for your party in advance by making this cheese ball a few weeks ahead of time and freezing it until the party. Wrap it tightly in freezer-quality plastic wrap. Don't place anything on top of the cheese ball or it will squish it and cause the cheese ball to lose its shape. Before serving, remove the cheese ball from the freezer at least 24 hours in advance and let it thaw in the fridge.
- Serve with a variety of crackers, toast points, and cut vegetables.
- Smoked salmon variation: Instead of canned or fresh salmon, substitute 4 to 6 ounces of smoked salmon in the recipe.
- Spicy variation: Add a tablespoon of hot sauce or 1 teaspoon of red cayenne pepper to the recipe to give it a little bit of a kick.
- Whitefish variation: Instead of using salmon, chop up a pound of smoked whitefish to incorporate into the cheese ball.