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Another family favorite, this is a rather exotic cheese ball appetizer that my husband requests every year for our Christmas morning brunch. The combined flavors of the feta cheese, basil, garlic, capers and black olives give it a tasty Mediterranean or Greek flavor. It can be made up to 3 days ahead of serving.

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  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
  • 6 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp frozen basil, thawed (fresh would be better, but we never have fresh at Christmas time!)
  • ¼ cup black olives, chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

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Beat cream cheese and feta cheese in electric mixer until smooth. Stir in garlic, basil, olives, and capers. Shape into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 3 hours until ready to serve.

Toast walnut pieces in the oven at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Watch them closely so they don’t burn.

Roll the cheese ball in the cooled walnuts before serving with crackers or veggies.

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Mediterranean Cheese Ball Recipe — 63 Comments

  1. This sounds so good and different from the normal cheese ball. I will have to try it for my next party.

  2. (Mediterranean Cheese Ball Recipe) I like making these different type of cheese balls for when we have company coming over.

  3. wow would love to try this out we love feta cheese and have never seen a recipe like this.

  4. Yum!! Im a sucker for anything and everything Greek and Mediterranean!! They use some of my favorite flavors and ingredients!! Just fabulous!! I am making this for the superbowl!! Thanks for the awesome idea!!

  5. We missed having any cheeseballs this holiday season. I have pinned the recipe so that if lucky, I will find it later. Thanks.

  6. I love having cheese balls with my crackers and this cheese ball is amazing and I want to make one for Super Bowl Sunday! Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe.

  7. I am a sucker for cheese, and this looks wonderful. With the “Big Game” coming up I am always looking for good appetizers and this would be perfect. I love that it is not the traditional cheese ball. Yummy.

  8. This sounds wonderful. I am going to try this for a wedding shower for my future daughter in law. Thank you so much for sharing

  9. Thank you for the recipe. This looks really delicious. We will try this one out.

  10. I’m not a big fan of feta cheese, but my family would LOVE this recipe! Maybe add some pine nuts to it? …Thanks for the recipe; it looks like a keeper! 🙂

  11. I would love to have to a party just to make a Mediterranean Cheese Ball.

  12. These cheese ball look really good. I dont know about the capers I have never eaten them before. I dont think it will affect the taste much tho with out them. This would be good for parties. Thanks for the recipe

  13. This does sound awesome, and is so pretty – perfect for company! I think it deserves a fancier tie than the clothespin!!!

  14. This look delicious! I’ve never made a cheese ball like this one.

  15. This looks so amazing and one I must make and soon thanks for making it look so easy.

  16. This looks and sounds delicious! I think I can even make this, LOL. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. I love cheese balls and this looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  18. I love feta cheese and I love capers so this is a terrific sounding recipe to me.

  19. Love cheese of any kind. I definitely have to make this before Christmas.

  20. I’ve (still) never made a cheese ball, but… I want to make this. Now. And I love how it looks wrapped in plastic– it would make a nice holiday gift!

  21. I’ve never tried anything like this. It looks delicious. Thanks for posting!

  22. (Category Archives: Appetizers Mediterranean Cheese Ball Recipe) These are great to make for when you have a lot of company coming over to visit. They make a great conversation piece and are oh so good to eat also-

  23. I posted about this cheeseball previously, but now I actually made it. It was delicious and I am so glad I made it.

  24. Awesome!I’d rather eat dip than anything. This looks so yummy…holding onto this recipe for the holidays!

  25. I really appreciate your time and effort you have put in to theses cheese balls they look great will Try them

  26. This cheese ball recipe is different than mine. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of capers in one. Thanks for the recipe. I like making different foods. Cheese is one of my favorite foods!!

  27. This sounds so good. I love that it can be made ahead of time. I will be trying this soon. Thank you for sharing

  28. This sounds so much like something my grandmother used to make for parties! It was a huge hit every time, so I’m sure this would be great too!

  29. Thanks So Much for Sharing This Recipe for Delicious Mediterranean Cheese Balls, I Really Appreciate it & They Really Sound Yummy! I Love Cheese, Cheese is By Far My Favorite Food, I Love Every Single Kind of Cheese That There is! Cheese Balls are Perfect for Just About Any Event and a Good Thing to Have in Your Repertoire! Well Thanks Again for Sharing, Have a Blessed Day My Friend! – Jana

  30. Thanks So Much for Sharing This Awesome Recipe for a Mediterranean Cheese Ball, it Looks & Sounds Amazing! I Really Love Cheese, it’s Definitely One of My Absolute Favorite Foods and I’m Always Looking for a Good Recipe That Calls for Cheese! I Really Love Feta Cheese Too and I Guess That’s What Makes it a Mediterranean Cheese Ball! I Will Definitely Save This for Later, Thanks Again for Sharing! Have a Blessed Day! – Jana

  31. I love cheese balls. I just made one for the big football party. It was a huge success. I am saving this one, I love the idea of a Mediterranean style.

  32. Our family has cheese and crackers almost every night. I’m looking forward to making this!

  33. I’m not a big fan of feta cheese, although the other spics such as garlic and basil can change my mind. I didn’t realize that a chee ball is an expensive treat to make,

  34. This is a really great looking cheeseball! So much nicer than those little tiny cheddar balls at the grocery. Pinned it so I don’t lose the recipe! Love olives & this looks easy enough to do. Thank you for sharing!

  35. I love the combination of cheese and walnuts. This looks delicious

  36. Oh goodness you hit my weak spot. I adore cheese balls of any kind. This looks very flavorful. I would have a very hard time resisting this one. This would work on pita bread or crackers just great.