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Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries | SUMMER BERRY FRUIT DIP | Fruit and Cheese Ball | Party Food Selections

When it comes to entertaining, I try to keep things as stress-free as possible.  I discovered long ago that few appetizers beat the simplicity, versatility, and sheer deliciousness of a simple cheese ball paired with Triscuits.  Thus, when the folks over at Martha Stewart asked if I’d be interested in entering a little summer recipe challenge they were hosting called the Triscuit Summer Snackoff, I said heck yeah!

For this recipe challenge I needed to find a way to combine Martha’s selected seasonal ingredient–mixed berries–with Triscuits, (which coincidentally just happen to be my favorite snack cracker of all time), and I knew right away that whatever I came up with would have to be quick, easy, and delicious.

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The natural choice for me?  A Summer Cheese ball with Mixed Berries. Around the holidays I often make this delicious Cranberry and Cheddar cheese ball, so the summer berry & cheese combo seemed like a natural fit.  The best part?  It took less than 10 minutes to come together, which makes it the perfect lazy summer appetizer.

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries | SUMMER BERRY FRUIT DIP | Fruit and Cheese Ball | Party Food Selections

Here is what you need:

For the cheese ball:
15-20 fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (optional)
For serving:
fresh mixed berries to place on top
Triscuit Crackers
 
Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries | SUMMER BERRY FRUIT DIP | Fruit and Cheese Ball | Party Food Selections 

Step 1: Finely chop basil to make approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons; set aside.

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries | SUMMER BERRY FRUIT DIP | Fruit and Cheese Ball | Party Food Selections

Step 2: Combine softened butter and cream cheese in bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment; whip on medium-high speed until fluffy, approximately 30 seconds, scraping sides with spatula if necessary.

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries | SUMMER BERRY FRUIT DIP | Fruit and Cheese Ball | Party Food Selections

Step 3:  Add blue cheese crumbles, minced garlic, pepper, salt, and fresh basil; whip again on medium-high speed until combined, approximately 15-30 seconds, scraping sides with spatula if necessary.

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries | SUMMER BERRY FRUIT DIP | Fruit and Cheese Ball | Party Food Selections

Step 4:  Scrape mixture into a ball using spatula; wrap with plastic wrap and chill until firm, approximately one hour.

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries | SUMMER BERRY FRUIT DIP | Fruit and Cheese Ball | Party Food Selections

Step 5:  Place ball on serving dish; flatten slightly and create a slight indentation in the middle.  Cover with fresh mixed berries and serve with Triscuits.

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries | SUMMER BERRY FRUIT DIP | Fruit and Cheese Ball | Party Food Selections

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries | SUMMER BERRY FRUIT DIP | Fruit and Cheese Ball | Party Food Selections

Martha Stewart is challenging consumers to create a delicious snack using a secret seasonal ingredient she selects along with Triscuit crackers. Consumers are encouraged to share photos of their creations at TriscuitSummerSnackoff.com  to be entered for a chance to win a trip to New York City to meet Martha Stewart ( as well as lots of other prizes!) Consumers can learn about the bi-weekly challenges and ingredients at TriscuitSummerSnackoff.com

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What is your favorite summer snack or appetizer?

3 Comments

  1. Amy
    July 10 at 07:12AM

    What a fun challenge! This looks really yummy!

  2. Donna
    July 15 at 11:04PM

    Not a fan of Blue Cheese. What about Feta?

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