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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Goat Cheese Bacon Balls

Nice New Nibbles
This sounds kind of dirty, but it isn’t. It's just delicious. Great do ahead appetizer, goes well with cocktails, but what doesn't?

6 slices bacon

4 ounces goat cheese
4 ounces cream cheese

2 tablespoons chopped thyme or basil, divided

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup pecans

Fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pat the slices to remove excess grease. 
While the bacon is cooking, whiz the goat cheese, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of herbs, and black pepper in the food processor. Blend until creamy and well-mixed, then form small balls, about the size of the tip of your thumb. 
Place balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
 Put in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up a little more.

Clean out the food processor. Crumble in the cooled bacon, the remaining tablespoon of herbs, and the pecans. Pulse until very fine and crumbly; it should be as fine as your food processor will make it. 
Take the cheese balls out of the freezer and roll them in the bacon mixture, pressing it in with your fingers if it doesn't immediately stick.
 Place the balls in a container and refrigerate until serving. Serve on toothpicks or with crackers.