What are the secrets of this smart cheese ball makeover? Sharp cheddar cheese combines with smooth Neufchatel for better-for-you creaminess.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 24 servings
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1/2 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Tbsp. finely chopped red pepper s
1 Tbsp. finely chopped green onion s
2 tsp. GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
12 stalks celery, cut crosswise into quarters
RITZ Crackers with Whole Wheat
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Let's Make It
Beat Neufchatel and cheddar in small bowl with mixer until blended.
Add peppers, onions and mustard; mix well.
Refrigerate 1 hour.
Shape into ball; roll in parsley. Serve with celery and crackers.
Makeover - How We Did It
We saved 90 calories and 10g of fat, including 3.5g of saturated fat, per serving by coating the cheese ball with parsley instead of nuts, reducing the amount of cheese and using Neufchatel cheese and 2% Milk Cheddar instead of full-fat cheeses. Finally, we serve the cheese ball with RITZ Crackers with Whole Wheat.
Cut the remaining red pepper into chunks and serve with the cheese ball.
Mix Neufchatel mixture as directed; shape into log or 24 small balls, each about 1 inch in diameter. Roll in parsley until evenly coated. Serve as directed.
This flavorful cheese ball can be refrigerated up to 24 hours before serving.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 3.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 12g
Dietary Fibers 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
24 servings, 2 Tbsp. cheese mixture, 2 pieces celery and 5 crackers each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.