Salmon Cheese Ball

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese ball, cream cheese, goat cheese, smoked salmon
Dietary Restrictions: Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Pescatarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 80.74kcal
An easy, elegant, make-ahead appetizer for all your holiday gatherings and game day get-togethers. Best served with bagel chips.
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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 5 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 ounces smoked salmon
  • 1 tablespoon chives minced

FOR EVERYTHING BAGEL COATING:

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

SERVE ALONGSIDE:

  • bagel chips or crackers
  • sliced cucumber rounds
  • sliced jicama
  • radish halves
  • carrot sticks

BEVERAGES:

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • Corona Extra┬« 12-ounce bottles
  • Bottled Water
  • Sparkling Water
  • Soft Drinks

Instructions

MAKE THE SALMON CHEESE BALL

  • Place the goat cheese and cream cheese in a mini prep food processor and pulse until combined and very smooth and creamy.
  • Add the lemon zest, horseradish and worcestershire sauce and pulse several times until well incorporated.
  • Add about half of the smoked salmon to the cheese mixture and pulse until it's smooth and creamy and no lumps of salmon appear.
  • Transfer the salmon mixture to a small bowl. Mince the chives and add to the salmon. Mince the remaining salmon and add to the cheese mixture. Stir the salmon and chives into the cheese mixture until it's evenly incorporated.
  • Line a small 1 cup bowl (that has the basic shape that you'd like your cheese ball to be) with plastic wrap, leaving the ends hanging over the bowl. Transfer the cheese mixture to the bowl and gently wrap the ends of the plastic wrap over the cheese ball. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24.

MAKE THE EVERYTHING BAGEL SEASONING

  • In a small bowl, combine the sesame seeds, minced onion, garlic, black sesame seeds and poppy seeds until evenly mixed.

COAT THE CHEESE BALL:

  • Spread the seasoning in a small shallow bowl or plate. Pick up the chilled cheese ball in plastic wrap and carefully remove the plastic from the bottom of the ball. Rest the cheese ball in the bagel seasoning and carefully turn it over until it's well coated. Transfer the cheese ball to a serving platter and sprinkle with extra chopped chives.
  • Serve with bagel chips and crudite. This is a versatile cheese ball that goes equally well with beer or wine and is always a crowd pleaser.

Nutrition

Calories: 80.74kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.96g | Protein: 3.98g | Fat: 6.46g | Saturated Fat: 3.66g | Cholesterol: 16.91mg | Sodium: 121.64mg | Potassium: 53.87mg | Fiber: 0.29g | Sugar: 0.9g | Vitamin A: 259.82IU | Vitamin C: 1.18mg | Calcium: 39.63mg | Iron: 0.5mg