Saturday, December 1, 2012

Party on a Plate Cream Cheese & Crackers

1 tub of fat-free cream cheese
1 tsp. dry Italian Seasons salad dressing
1/4 c finely chopped walnuts or pecans
Mix the cream cheese and seasoning together and refrigerate for at least an hour if you can. Fat free cream cheese is much softer than regular and harder to form into a ball but it can be done! You can even place it in the freezer for 30 to 45 minutes to get it good and cold.
Form mixture into a ball and roll in the chopped nuts. Place on a plate and serve with your favorite crackers.
This is a great potluck item that you can throw together quickly. I like to keep a good supply of the above ingredients on-hand during the holidays so I have nice, quick dish to take along. You can place the cream cheese mixture in a bowl if you are in a hurry and don't have time to cool it down enough to form a ball.
You can add finely chopped baby shrimp to this. 
Get creative. Don't have nuts on-hand? Try rolling your cheese ball in some dried parsley.  Or serve it without the nuts. 
This is a party favorite!

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