Bacon and Onion Cheese Balls

Bacon and Onion Cheese Balls image Image by: Bacon and Onion Cheese Balls image Author: Canadian Living

Easy-to-make one-bite appetizers are the epitome of savoury goodness. Prepare them 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.

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2013

Ingredients

  • 5 sliced bacon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted, roasted natural (skin-on) whole almond
  • 1 pkg soft goat cheese
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Method

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.

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.

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.

Nutritional facts per piece: about

  • Fibre trace
  • Sodium 60 mg
  • Sugars trace
  • Protein 4 g
  • Calories 61.0
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Cholesterol 9 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 1 g

%RDI

  • Iron 3.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 1.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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