Spicy Cheese Balls
Makes 35 to 40 bite-size balls
1 - 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 - cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 - teaspoon minced garlic
1 - tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 - teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 - teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 - cup finely chopped walnuts
1. Put the cream cheese, cheddar, garlic, parsley, cayenne, black pepper, and salt in a food processor. Process for 5 to 10 seconds, until well blended. Scrape the mixture into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2. Spread the chopped walnuts on a plate. Shape the cheese mixture into 35 to 40 small cheese balls, each about the size of a large marble. Roll each cheese ball in the walnuts, coating the outside (you may to press a little to ensure sticking).
3. Serve the cheese balls on a large platter. You can put a toothpick in each ball, but you could also surround them with crackers and let guests use their hands. It all depends on what kind of party you’re having.