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Herbed Cream Cheese Ball


This simple herbed cream cheese ball is rolled in coarsely ground black pepper before serving.  Garlic, parsley, and chives add flavor to this easy appetizer spread.


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or frozen minced chives
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • coarsely ground black pepper, for coating


Put softened cream cheese in a large mixing bowl.

Cook garlic cloves in boiling water for 3 minutes; drain then cool for 5 minutes and put through garlic press.

Add minced garlic to cheese. Add parsley, chives, and cayenne and blend well. You can use a food processor or mixer.

Let the mixture stand for 1 hour to allow ingredients to come together. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.

Chill then shape into a ball and roll in coarsely ground black pepper. 

Serve with assorted crackers.

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