Food Recipes Mini Goat Cheese Balls Add this no-cook appetizer to your next dinner party menu. This fun take on cheese balls will become a new house favorite. By Jenna Helwig Jenna Helwig Instagram Jenna is the food director at Real Simple and the author of Bare Minimum Dinners, a cookbook featuring more than 100 low-lift, high-reward recipes. Previously, Jenna was the food director at Health and Parents. She is also the founder and operator of Rosaberry, a boutique personal chef services company, and the author of four other cookbooks, including the bestselling Baby-Led Feeding. Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Published on November 17, 2022 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Victor Protasio Prep Time: 12 mins Total Time: 15 mins Servings: 10 Yield: 20 Jump to Nutrition Facts Jump to recipe These little cheese balls will be your best-kept secret. They’re incredibly easy to make and you can even prepare them 15 minutes before party time. Softened goat cheese is seasoned with freshly ground black pepper and salt before being rolled into bite-size nibbles that are coated in fresh parsley, sesame seeds, and dried cherries that pack a tart punch. Make them as an hors d'oeuvres and then make them again to elevate a salad any day of the week. Julia Child reportedly quipped, 'A party without cake is just a meeting.' We think cheese is equally necessary for a get-together. A lavish cheese board never disappoints. You could also assemble a retro-chic cheese ball or these adorable Mini Goat Cheese Balls. Serve them on toothpicks or sandwiched between crackers. Ingredients 8 oz. fresh soft goat cheese 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries or cranberries, finely chopped 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (from 1 bunch) 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds Directions Use a spoon to mash together cheese, pepper, and salt in a medium bowl until well combined. Stir together cherries, parsley, and sesame seeds in a shallow dish. Roll cheese mixture into 20 balls (about 2 teaspoons each). Roll balls in cherry mixture and press to coat. Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 92 Calories 5g Fat 7g Carbs 4g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 10 Calories 92 % Daily Value * Total Fat 5g 7% Saturated Fat 3g 17% Cholesterol 10mg 3% Sodium 168mg 7% Total Carbohydrate 7g 2% Dietary Fiber 0g 1% Total Sugars 5g Protein 4g Vitamin C 2mg 10% Calcium 44mg 3% Iron 1mg 4% Potassium 45mg 1% *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.