Cookbook Review & Giveaway: Great Balls of Cheese (plus recipe for Greek Bites!)

Cookbook Review & Giveaway: Great Balls of Cheese (plus recipe for Greek Bites!)

Great Balls of Cheese - Cover

When I was a little girl my parents owned a cheese store down on Chambers Street in New York City. I had the opportunity to help out during the holidays when cheese balls were always high in demand! So when flipped through Michelle Buffardi’s new book, Great Balls of Cheese, I fell it brought me back to my good old cheese ball making days! In honor of National Cheese Day on April 17th, I’m giving away a copy of the cookbook to one randomly selected commenter.

About The Book
Great Balls of Cheese takes your cheese and cracker platter to a whole new level. There are so many fun cheese ball recipes, I couldn’t decide which to make first! Michelle is so creative providing recipes for every occasion like the Super Bowl, Thanksgiving, and Easter. Pretty much any special occasion you can think of, there’s a cheese ball recipe for it. And it’s not only savory cheese recipes, the sweet cheese balls are to die for (like the s’mores!).
Aside from the innovative cheese combinations, the book itself is beautiful. The gorgeous, colorful photographs will excite your taste buds and entertain you with the cute pictures, like the Cheesy Owl and the Nacho Cat. I have already purchased the book as a gift for several friends.

Great Balls of Cheese - Greek BitesGreek Bites

Michelle was kind enough to share with us her recipe for these adorable bites. I hope you enjoy!

Makes about 32 bites

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces feta cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
Zest of 1 lemon, grated
1 tablespoon dry white wine (optional)
16 Kalamata olives, pitted
1 cup pine nuts, toasted, for coating
32 thin pretzel sticks, for serving (optional)
Fresh mint leaves, for decorating (optional)

Using a stand mixer or a bowl and a spatula, combine the cream cheese, feta, oregano, lemon zest, and wine, if using. Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour.

Cut the olives in half. Using your fingers, wrap about 1 tablespoon of the cheese mixture around each olive half to cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Before serving, roll each ball in the pine nuts. Spear each with a pretzel stick, if using, or toothpick and garnish with a mint leaf, if desired.

*Chef’s note: A lower fat variety of cream cheese can always be substituted in any of the recipes.

Enter to Win!
One randomly selected commenter will win a copy of Great Balls of Cheese.

Giveaway begins: April 15, 2014 at 8:00 am ET
Giveaway ends: April 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET

Mandatory Entry: Tell me in the comments area “What is your favorite way to enjoy cheese?”

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Enter to win @mbuffardi ‘s book Great Balls of Cheese via @tobyamidor #giveaway

When entering, be sure to include your email address in the “Email” field when posting your comment so I can let you know if you won. You do not need to purchase anything to win. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to enter. Michelle Buffardi has sponsored the prize offered and is responsible for shipping.


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