First an upside down cake, now a cheese ball. What’s next-tuna noodle casserole? You will never see tuna noodle casserole on this blog. I never liked it, not even as a kid. Does it seem like I have a retro thing going on here?
Bon Appetit featured three “cheese balls” back in October and from the moment that I saw them I knew I would try at least one of them. They all looked appealing, but when I saw “Green Goddess” my decision was made.
There may be more than a few ingredients, but you can see from the directions that this comes together with a few pulses of the food processor. Roll your ball in chopped nuts (you could certainly choose another type, maybe toasted pine nuts), open a box of crackers and you have one easy appetizer. Oh, and don’t forget that cocktail…
Green Goddess Pistachio Cheese Ball
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
4 anchovy fillets
1 cup watercress leaves
¼ cup mixed tender herb leaves (such as mint, parsley, tarragon and/or cilantro)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
¾ cup pistachios, toasted, chopped
Process cream cheese, goat cheese, and butter in a food processor until smooth. Pulse in anchovies, watercress, herbs, and chives; season with salt. Scrape mixture into a small plastic wrap–lined bowl; gather plastic around cheese, using your hands to shape into a ball. Chill until firm, 3–12 hours.
Just before serving, unwrap cheese ball and roll in pistachios. Serve with crackers.
June 22, 2015 at 7:43 am
Amazing…& delicious 😋😋😋😋
June 22, 2015 at 12:25 pm
Love the name!!! x
June 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm
Janine-do you know Green Goddess salad dressing?
June 27, 2015 at 1:41 pm
No I don’t Janie… Do tell😉
June 23, 2015 at 12:30 am
I must love retro…as this is beautiful…but am so fortunate to have gotten to enjoy it too! Seriously addicting and perfect with wine …
June 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm
Eat Be Tea-glad you enjoyed it! I will definitely make this again.
June 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm
This looks incredible
…but I think you would make an awesome tuna noodle casserole😀
June 25, 2015 at 1:48 am
Oh my does that ever look appetizing. Anything with pistachios is a favorite of mine, and combining it with those cheeses and anchovies sounds like a winner for sure.
June 27, 2015 at 1:40 pm
Ciao Chow Linda-I’m with you about pistachios. I still want to make that pistachio ice cream of yours.
June 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm
Janine-it’s a dressing typically made with mayonnaise, buttermilk or sour cream and all the herbs I used in the cheese ball. It’s got a really fresh herbal flavor.