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Italian Cheese Ball

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 20 min (includes chilling time)
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 4 hr
  • Yield: 12 servings (makes 1 large cheese ball)
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Ingredients

One 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup grated provolone (about 2 ounces)

1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped

1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers

12 thin slices salami, diced (about 2 ounces)

One 6-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (about 1/2 cup)

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

1/3 cup toasted pine nuts

Crackers, for serving

Parsley, for serving

Directions

  1. Mix the cream cheese, provolone, olives, roasted red peppers, salami, artichoke hearts and crushed red pepper flakes in a medium bowl until well combined. Chill until firm and the flavors have blended, at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Shape the mixture into a ball and roll in the pine nuts. Serve with the crackers and garnish with the parsley.