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    Cream Cheese Balls (Jewish)

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    Total Time:

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    25 mins

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    Sydney Mike's Note:

    This recipe, from The Essential Book of Jewish Festival Cooking, eventually surfaced in the Food Section of the 27 May 2009 issue of the Los Angeles Times.

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 15

    Yield:

    cheese ...

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      In a dry frying pan over medium heat, toast together the sesame, coriander, cumin & nigella seeds 3 to 4 minutes or until fragrant, stirring or shaking the pan often.
    2. 2
      Grind the seeds with a mortar & pestle or process BRIEFLY in a coffee grinder (but not so long that the sesame seeds release a lot of oil).
    3. 3
      Oil your hands to prevent the cheese from sticking, then roll the cheese into 1-inch balls & chill uncovered on a greased baking sheet.
    4. 4
      In a small bowl, mix the sesame seasoning with the salt & chopped pistachio nuts, then roll the cheese balls in the mixture until well covered.
    5. 5
      Serve immediately, or cover & chill on a wax-paper-lined baking sheet until ready to serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 13, 2012

      55

      Mmm, what a wonderful bite-sized treat! The great flavour combinations and lovely presentation make this the perfect party food. But the recipe is also easy and quick, so what's not to love?! :)
      My sis and me had this with crudites as a light dinner and loved it. YUM!
      The only change I made was to use chopped pumpkin seeds in place of pistachios as I was out the latter. They added a nice earthy note.
      THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this winner with us, Syd!
      Made and reviewed for PRMR Tag Game January 2012.

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    • on September 05, 2009

      55

      Yum! The toasting of the spices along with not grinding them too much gives this a wonderful nutty / slightly crunchy texture on the outside which was great contrast against the cream cheese center. I used raw pistachios so toasted them whole along with the herbs and then ground them all together in the mortar.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cream Cheese Balls (Jewish)

    Serving Size: 1 (17 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 15

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 66.0
     
    Calories from Fat 57
    86%
    Total Fat 6.3 g
    9%
    Saturated Fat 3.1 g
    15%
    Cholesterol 17.0 mg
    5%
    Sodium 69.3 mg
    2%
    Total Carbohydrate 1.2 g
    0%
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    1%
    Sugars 0.5 g
    2%
    Protein 1.3 g
    2%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    nigella seeds

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