All I can say when I look at this festive feta olive and herb cheese ball is that it’s strutting the holiday look.
This cheese ball reminds me of balls of mistletoe with fresh berries or ivy and holiday berries.
Festive, pretty, tasty, and begging to be dipped with veggies and crackers at your next party!
For those that love a tasty cheese ball but have yet to find the winning recipe, this is it!
Olives, lemon, and fresh herbs come together to dance across your tongue into your belly.
Plus for those of you that need a bring-a-long food and forgot to make one, this is as easy as it gets!
Now, get ready to enjoy the holidays, it’s Dip Dip Hooray!
Festive Feta Olive and Herb Cheese Ball
There’s nothing more blase than a basic looking cheese ball.
I am tired of looking at nut covered cheese balls.
Those are boring.
Where’s the flavor?
Honestly, the flavor inside this feta olive and herb cheese ball is insanely fresh.
You’ll want to double-dip, but you can’t because it is a spread and you need a knife lol!
Citrus meshes with the olive to downplay a bitterness and enhance the bold.
Oddly enough, no matter how many times I make and eat this, I taste it like it’s the first time every time!
Olive and the Festive Feta Olive and Herb Cheese Ball
Really quickly, olives in this recipe are flexible.
No, don’t omit them, but you can change them up.
For instance, I use stuffed olives but you don’t have to.
IF you like Kalamata olives use them.
However, if you prefer Feta stuffed mushrooms or garlic stuffed mushrooms, go for it.
Do note, the garlic may need to be tampered down by either more citrus or a bit of mayo instead of butter!
Always chop the olives and use pitted olives.
Spices and Herbs
So for those that don’t love parsley, sub cilantro.
Actually, cilantro is really good against the Lime Chili seasonings to enjoy!
Naturally, you could use oregano and basil on the exterior to eliminating the Limi Chili and maybe sub a red pepper or a smoked cayenne to taste!
The point is versatility.
Make This Cheese Ball Yours
What I always love to do is not measure.
While measuring makes perfect each and every time, I do find that a pinch of this and a zest of this works well also.
You’ll see this reflected in my formal listed recipe.
Happy Holidays ~ Dana XO
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 C Stuffed Green Olives with Feta Cheese (drained) (chopped)
- A few dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
- About 1 Tbsp of Hot Sauce (or more as desired)
- Grated Lemon
- Lemon Juice ( a good squeeze of piece)
- 2 Tbsp Of Garlic butter
- Feta Cheese 1/4 C
- 1/4 C of Fresh Parsley Chopped
- 2 tops of Green Onion Chopped
- Chili Lime (optional) but it gives it the red berry color.
Using a large mixing bowl (or a hand mixer), place room temperature cream cheese in the bowl.
Next, add olives and Worcestershire in a food processor.
Pulse to chop.
Remove and set aside for a minute.
To the cream cheese add the hot sauce.
Then add in the chopped olives mixture.
Add the zest of a lemon (anywhere from 1 tsp to a tablespoon depending on the taste you want to evoke).
Squeeze some fresh lemon juice (about 2 tsp)
Drop in the garlic butter.
Mix to combine with mixer.
Last add in feta cheese.
Mix again to combine.
Either prep a cutting board that does not slide around or a silicone mat (preferred method) with a generous dash of Chili Lime Seasoning Blend.
Using a rubber scraper remove the cream cheese mixture from the bowl (forming a ball before dropping it onto the silicone mat.
Now, roll the ball along the spice mixture.
Next, drop some of the fresh herbs on the ball.
Keep the spread herb close to the cheese ball and use the silicone mat to surround each side of the ball and roll it a bit, all the while adding more herb to it.
Once the festive feat olive and herb cheese ball is done, place it on a serving plate or bowl and add a side of veggies or crackers and a serving knife.
Enjoy! ~ Dana Xo
You can be a little freer with your additions of ingredients.
Sometimes I use a pinch or a more generous splash.
Often I use the recipe as a guideline and just toss it together.
I did provide you the closest measurements possible to replicate.
Also, you can change the olives to Kalamata if you prefer black olives.
You can additionally use unstuffed olives.
This is really a fun recipe to change up.
IF you prefer pepper instead of a tang, use fresh ground pepper on the exterior rather than the Chili Lime Seasonsing.