Cranberry Blue Cheese Bites

These bite size morsels are irresistible party fare. Wow your guests with this easy appetizer.

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Pinch of salt

3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

Zest of 1 orange

1/3 cup minced dried cranberries

1/4 cup finely-chopped pecans


In a food processor, blend the cream cheese, garlic and salt until smooth. Transfer cream cheese mixture to a bowl and stir in blue cheese, orange zest and cranberries until evenly distributed. Line a plate or pan with parchment paper. Roll the cheese mixture into 1-inch balls and set on the parchment paper. Then, roll each ball in the chopped pecans and return to plate or pan. Place the cheese balls in the refrigerator to firm.


Yield: 15 servings