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I am not a huge fan of the weird, yellow cheezballs rolled in stale nuts and served with Ritz crackers. So, for others who are also not a fan but feel compelled to provide some sort of festive cheezy ball-shaped offering over the holidays (if for no other reason than being able to say "no, you don't have to bring a cheezball, I'll have one already!"), here's one that actually tastes great. And it looks pretty, too.


  • 32 oz Chevre goat cheese
  • 8 oz dried cranberries
  • 8 oz dried figs, chopped
  • 1/2 c good Riesling wine, or Heifeweizen beer (something sweet)
  • 1/2 c chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • Small pkg crushed walnuts or pecans
  • Cracked Pepper Water crackers


  • Set cheese out to soften.
  • Soak dried fruit in beer.
  • After a few hours, drain fruit well, and hand-blend well with parsley into softened cheese.
  • Form into a ball and roll in nuts.
  • Refrigerate overnight before serving to preserve shape and allow flavors to blend.
  • Serve with some good crackers (I like Cracked Pepper water crackers the best with this, but you can use Ritz if that's your fav).

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