Cheese balls have a bad reputation, probably because they often look (and taste) like they belong in the pages of a faded food magazine from the 1970s. But with the right ingredients and some updated styling, these make-ahead party appetizers can be a modern twist on the usual cheese plate.These five recipes dress up cheese with nuts, herbs, olives and even fruit, mixing in or layering the additions for a pretty effect. Most break out of the usual cheese ball shape, molding the cheese into loaf-shaped terrines or one-bite balls. Although they need time in the refrigerator to set, cheese balls can often be assembled several days before the party, definitely a plus as the busy holiday entertaining season approaches.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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