What says easy, breezy mid-summer entertaining more than a make-ahead appetizer? This cream cheese-based cheese ball melds varying flavors and textures for a fresh, satisfying snack with just a hint of crunch, and is sure to be a hit at your next get-together. It would be equally delicious served with pita chips or your favorite cracker. For best results, wait until cheese ball is firm before rolling in pine nuts, and for a picture-perfect presentation, garnish with a sprig of fresh oregano, rosemary or basil. Share your results with us on Instagram using the hashtag #CovetedEats!
Pine Nut And Feta Cheese Ball
- 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 4 ounces feta, crumbled, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
- 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, toasted
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- Kosher salt
- ¾ cup pine nuts, toasted, chopped
- Crackers or pita chips, for serving
Process cream cheese, feta, and butter in a food processor until smooth. Pulse in capers, oregano, fennel seeds, and lemon zest; season with salt. Scrape into a small plastic wrap–lined bowl; gather up plastic around cheese, shaping into a ball. Chill until firm, 3–12 hours.
Unwrap cheese ball and roll in pine nuts just before serving. Serve with crackers
Courtesy bon appétit magazine
Try our Perfect Summer Cocktail! As the weather warms and the nights grow longer, the backyard beckons for friends and family to gather. Enjoying an ice cold beer or standby cocktail is nice, but some evenings call for something a little different, but equally refreshing. For this alternative take on the classic summer cocktail (that can be made in a snap!), we give you this Raspberry-Rose Gin Rickey. The addition of rose water and fresh raspberries elevates this old standard. Easily prepared and even more easily consumed, it is the perfect drink for a leisurely gathering, and can be easily made ahead and stored in the refrigerator until your guests arrive (or not, if you can’t wait to sample!)
Raspberry-Rose Gin Rickey
SERVINGS: MAKES 4
- 3 cups fresh raspberries
- 1 cup gin
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon (scant) rose water
- 3 cups crushed ice
Mix first 5 ingredients in bowl. Let stand 1 hour at room temperature, occasionally stirring and crushing some of berries.
Place 3/4 cup ice in each of 4 glasses. Top each with 3/4 cup raspberry mixture.