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Pine Nut & Feta Cheese Ball


Toasted pine nuts coat this herbed feta cheese ball. Make ahead and chill to allow the flavors of capers, oregano and fennel seed to mingle.

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  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
  • Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup pine nuts, toasted, chopped
  • Crackers, for serving


Servings 8
Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 245mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Process cream cheese, feta, and butter in a food processor until smooth.

Pulse in capers, oregano, fennel seeds, and lemon zest. Season with salt.

Scrape into a small plastic wrap–lined bowl.

Gather up plastic around cheese, shaping into a ball. Chill until firm, 3 to 12 hours.

Unwrap cheese ball and roll in pine nuts just before serving. Serve with crackers.

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