HERB CHEESE BALLS
Need to take nibbles to a party? Take these scrumptious cheese balls. They're super easy to make and you can vary their appearance by decorating them with different herbs and nuts. Take a two-tiered cake stand with you, layer it with grapevine leaves and place your cheese balls on top with crackers below. If you have a three-tiered cake stand, fill the top layer with homegrown grapes.
Ingredients: • 500g cottage cheese • 1 cup sour cream • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives 1 teaspoon salt
• ¾ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Place a sieve over a large mixing bowl and press the cottage cheese and sour cream through the sieve. Mix in the garlic, herbs and salt and pepper. Lay a piece of muslin over a large plate and place the cheese onto the centre of the muslin. Bring up the sides of the muslin and tie firmly with string. Hang the bag with a bowl under it from a shelf in the fridge and leave for 48 hours.
Roll the cheese into balls and roll them in crushed nuts (almonds, walnuts or pistachios) and chopped herbs. Serve with crackers or fresh, crusty bread.