Cheese balls are famous this time of the year, but this is no ordinary, picked-it-up-at-the-deli-on-the-way-to-the-party cheese ball. I recently discovered the most flavorful dried peppers from Frontier Organics that are incredibly versatile and perfect for this recipe. They're so naturally sweet that they add the perfect flavor when mixed with cream cheese -- no need to add any sugar or processed toppings- just simply a handful of these peppers (I bought them in bulk so that I could use them in a few holiday recipes, plus they just look so pretty in a bowl for a holiday display) mixed with sea salt and pepper and there you have it! A perfect appetizer for any occasion. If you are lactose intolerant or vegan you can choose Go Veggie Cream Cheese; if not, I recommend Organic Valley Cream Cheese. Both are sold in health food stores and Whole Foods Market.
Sweet Pepper Holiday Cheese Ball
8 oz. Organic Valley Low-Fat Cream Cheese or (Go Veggie Vegan Cream Cheese)
1 cup Frontier Spices Organic Dried Red & Green Peppers
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/6 teaspoon sea salt
Roll cream cheese into a ball and place on a flat surface. Sprinkle with dried peppers, pepper and sea salt until cheese ball is covered. Wrap cheese ball in plastic and place in the fridge for 6 hours. Keep cool until ready to serve. Serve with gluten-free crackers and crudites.