December 26, 2013I like to keep it simple when ringing in the New Year. Cold champagne and good food to nibble on. Cheese is always on the list. This year I'm making it a cheese ball. A white cheese ball. Mascarpone, ricotta and gorgonzola blended together then rolled in roasted hazel nuts.
Winter White Cheese Ball
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
2/3 cup gorgonzola cheese
1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese
1/2 cup hazelnuts, skinned, toasted and finely chopped
1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Combine mascarpone, gorgonzola and ricotta in a medium bowl. Mix well. Shape into a ball, carefully wrap in plastic wrap and chill for a few hours or overnight.
Toss chopped hazelnuts with chopped parsley in a small shallow bowl. Roll chilled ball around to coat evenly with hazelnut parsley mixture. Chill carefully in refrigerator until ready to serve.
This recipe can easily be doubled to make two balls.
This flavorful cheese ball will spread nicely over crackers, crostini or even in a celery boat.
Pair it with a dry champagne and a kiss at midnight.
Happy New Year.