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Swiss and Cream Cheese Ball Recipe


Swiss and Cream Cheese Ball

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, divided or 2 teaspoons dried thyme, divided

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons gin or vodka

10 ounces (2-1/2 cups) Swiss cheese

2/3 cup chopped smoked ham

1/2 cup chopped fresh chives

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried), pepper, salt and gin. Beat until blended and smooth, about 1 minute. Add Swiss cheese and ham and beat until evenly mixed, about 30 seconds. Cover and refrigerate mixture for about an hour before forming.

Combine remaining thyme and the chives and spread on a large plate or sheet of waxed paper. Dampen your hands with water to keep the cheese mixture from sticking to them. Pat and press into a ball shape and roll in the thyme-chive mixture to coat. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill several hours before serving.


The California Milk Advisory Board

Nutrition facts per serving: 105 calories, 8 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 29 mg cholesterol, 1 g carbohydrates, 6 g protein, 213 mg sodium, 1 g fiber

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