We visited Arizona Midday on 12 News to show a crowd-pleasing recipe for your holiday entertaining. In this segment, learn how to make an easy Date, Walnut and Blue Cheese Ball. Watch the video

Date, Walnut and Blue Cheese Ball

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola or blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat buttermilk
  • 8 ounces low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup minced pitted Medjool dates (4 to 6 dates)
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts

 Directions

  1. 1. Place first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; beat until smooth and creamy. Add dates, shallots, lemon rind, salt, and pepper; beat until well blended.
  2. 2. Spoon cheese mixture onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Form into a ball, using a spatula. Wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap and chill overnight.
  3. 3. Combine parsley and walnuts in a shallow dish. Unwrap cheese ball; gently roll in nut mixture until fully coated. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.