Orange, Sage, and Macadamia Cheese Ball


over 120mins
brunch

Ingredients for servings

    for the cheese balls

  • 450 g cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 cup(s) finely grated pecorino cheese

  • 0.25 cup(s) finely chopped macadamia nuts

  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped chives

  • 2 tbsp chopped crispy sage recipe below

  • 3 tsp freshly grated orange zest

  • 0.5 tsp ground allspice

  • 0.5 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

  • pinch of salt

  • pinch of freshly cracked black pepper

  • for the coating

  • 0.6666 cup(s) finely chopped macadamia nuts

  • 0.5 cup(s) finely chopped pecans

  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh herbs, like parsley, sage and chives

Directions

  • To make the crispy sage, heat 1 tablespoon unsalted butter in a skillet. Once melted and bubbling, add 8 to 10 sage leaves into the butter, cooking for 2 to 2 minutes. Remove the sage with kitchen tongs and place it on a paper towel to drain any excess grease.

  • In a large bowl, stir together the cream cheese, pecorino, nuts, chives, sage, orange zest, allspice, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir until combined and everything is evenly distributed. Taste with a cracker and determine if you would like more spice or orange. I love it just like this!

  • Place a large piece of plastic wrap on your counter. Form the cheese mixture into somewhat of a ball and place it in the center of the plastic wrap. Wrap it up, forming it more into a ball as your go. Refrigerate it for at least 2 hours, or even overnight. After refrigerating, you can form it into more of a ball with your hands while it’s still wrapped in plastic.

  • To roll the cheeseball, combine the macadamia nuts, pecans and herbs on a plate, stirring them together. Place the cheeseball on the plate and roll it through, coating the outside.

  • You can serve the cheeseball immediately or wrap it up and serve a few hours later. You can make this a day or two ahead of time, but I would wait to roll the ball in the nuts, as they will soften over time because of the cream cheese.

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