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Homemade Cheese Balls

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Homemade Cheese Balls

Homemade Cheese Balls - These cheese balls are perfect for a buffet

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Difficulty:
easy
Difficulty
Preparation:
20 min.
Preparation
ready in 4 d. 20 min.
Ready in
Calories:
218
calories
Calories

Nutritional values

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie218 kcal(10 %)
Protein11 g(11 %)
Fat15 g(13 %)
Carbohydrates7 g(5 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage0 g(0 %)
Vitamin A0.1 mg(13 %)
Vitamin D0.3 μg(2 %)
Vitamin E1.1 mg(9 %)
Vitamin B₁0.1 mg(10 %)
Vitamin B₂0.6 mg(55 %)
Niacin3.3 mg(28 %)
Vitamin B₆0.1 mg(7 %)
Folate10 μg(3 %)
Pantothenic acid0.7 mg(12 %)
Biotin15 μg(33 %)
Vitamin B₁₂1 μg(33 %)
Vitamin C7 mg(7 %)
Potassium300 mg(8 %)
Calcium317 mg(32 %)
Magnesium30 mg(10 %)
Iron0.2 mg(1 %)
Iodine17 μg(9 %)
Zinc0.8 mg(10 %)
Saturated fatty acids6.9 g
Uric acid0 mg
Cholesterol18 mg
Development of this recipe:

Ingredients

for
6
Ingredients
1
2 ⅕ pounds
Yogurt (0.1% fat) (preferably from sheep or goat milk)
1 tablespoon
Olive oil (plus more for jar)
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon
2
dried red Chile peppers
3 sprigs
Preparation

Kitchen utensils

1 Small skillet, 2 Bowls, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Peeler, 1 Fine grater, 1 Fine-mesh sieve, 1 Kitchen twine, 1 Kitchen towel, 1 large Jar, 1 Plate

Preparation steps

1.
Homemade Cheese Balls preparation step 1

Rinse lemon in hot water, wipe dry and finely grate half of the zest.

2.
Homemade Cheese Balls preparation step 2

Mix yogurt in a bowl with the oil, 1 teaspoon salt and grated lemon zest.

3.
Homemade Cheese Balls preparation step 3

Line a sieve with a kitchen towel and place it over a bowl. Pour in the yogurt mixture.

4.
Homemade Cheese Balls preparation step 4

Gather corners of towel and tie into a bundle with kitchen twine. Hang over bowl in the refrigerator and let drain for 48 hours.

5.
Homemade Cheese Balls preparation step 5

Remove drained yogurt from refrigerator. With moistened hands, form the yogurt into balls and place in a large food storage jar.

6.
Homemade Cheese Balls preparation step 6

Toast fennel and cumin seeds in a small dry pan over medium heat until fragrant and beginning to give off smoke. Quickly stir in dried chile peppers. Remove from pan and let cool.

7.
Homemade Cheese Balls preparation step 7

Rinse mint, shake dry and pluck leaves. Remove remaining lemon zest with a vegetable peeler.

8.
Homemade Cheese Balls preparation step 8

Sprinkle lemon zest, mint and spice mixture over the cheese balls. Fill the container with enough olive oil to cover the cheese balls. Cover and refrigerate for 2 days. Drain and serve the cheese at room temperature. Leftover oil can be strained through a sieve and refrigerated in a storage jar; use for salad dressings.