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Cheese Ball with Marinated Dried Tomatoes

No recipe image available.This homemade cheese ball makes a tasteful gift for the holiday party season. Present it in a gift basket with a box of assorted gourmet crackers.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (7-ounce) jar oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained
1 clove garlic
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted pine nuts or almonds

Cooking Directions:

  1. Position knife blade in food processor bowl; add first 4 ingredients and process until smooth. Scrape into a bowl, cover and chill at least 3 hours.
  2. Shape 1/2 cup mixture into a ball; roll in toasted pine nuts or almonds, pressing gently to make nuts adhere. Repeat procedure with remaining mixture and nuts.
  3. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap. Chill.

Makes 6 (1/2 cup) gifts.

DIRECTIONS FOR GIFT CARD: Store Cheese Ball with Marinated Dried Tomatoes in refrigerator up to 5 days. Serve with crackers.

Adapted from a recipe from Southern Living.