Tomorrow is Halloween, the official kickoff of the Holiday entertaining season. Whether you’re throwing a spooky cocktail party or having guests over for an autumnal dinner, we know that you probably have one thing on your mind: being an absolute boss at the hosting game. If you’re in need of a delicious snack that is simultaneously easy to make and capable of blowing all other pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres out of the water, this is the recipe for you. Crafted from herbs and goat cheese (seriously, are you starving yet?), this spreadable delight will make you the supreme ruler of the holiday party.
Herbed Goat Cheese Ball
Yields 20 servings
1 lb goat cheese
1 tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce
1 tablespoon smoked Maldon sea salt flakes
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
3 tablespoons dried rosemary leaves
3 tablespoons dried sage leaves
3 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
½ cup sweetened dried cranberries
a few sprigs of fresh rosemary to garnish
1. Place the goat cheese and Sriracha in medium-sized mixing bowl. Fold to combine. Divide equally into 2 large parts and shape each to form a large ball of cheese. Keep aside until ready to coat.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients. Transfer this to a large flat plate.
3. Roll each ball of cheese with gentle pressure over the dry ingredients in the plate, until completely coated. Place in a serving plate and garnish with the fresh sprigs of rosemary. Serve immediately with crackers or toasted flat bread.
Note: Since salt flakes are added in the seasoning, it is best to prepare this just before serving else the salt might draw out water from the cheese depending on how much water is present in it. If you have extra seasoning left behind, serve it on the side with the herbed cheese balls.