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Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Ball Rolled in Walnuts

3ozsun-dried tomatoes, blanched
8ozcream cheese
1tablespoonbutter, unsalted
1cupparmesan, freshly grated
2tablespoonolive oil
2cupbasil, fresh leaves lightly packed
1/2cupwalnuts, chopped
1crackers, your choice


blanchING TECHNIQUE: Bring 1-quart of water to boil. Submerge tomatoes in boiling water for 3 minutes to reconstitute.
Take 4 aside and cut into strips.

In a food processor, combine cream cheese, butter, parmesan, olive oil and remaining sun-dried tomatoes. Process as smooth. Feel freee to leave some recongnizable bits of sun-dried tomato for a bit of pizzaz.

Refrigerate for 1 hour, preferably overnight or until firm enough to shape into a ball.

Roll in chopped walnuts and place the cheese ball on a platter. Arrange a bed of basil leaves on a platter. Place cheese ball on bed. Using the resevered sun-dried tomato strips, arrange in a starburst around the cheese ball.

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