Kowalski's Mini Date & Blue Cheese Balls

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Sharing simple, delicious ideas for cocktail parties and no utensils are needed. That's what Rachael Perron Kowalski's Culinary Director served up on KARE News@4.

Along with her recipe for mini date and blue cheese balls, Rachael shared some other suggestions for easy party planning.

• Knife and fork foods can be challenging for cocktail party guests. Serve tasty treats require only a napkin and a glass of wine - great for eating while standing up!
• Entertaining isn't the same as catering - keep recipes simple. If possible, select recipes that can be made in advance so you can enjoy your party.
• Individual-sized apps make it easy to ensure you make the right amount of food. (Who knows how many people a platter of crudités or a full-size cheeseball serves, anyway?) For a 2-3 hour cocktail party, plan on 1 ½ servings of each item per guest, with 8-12 pieces total per person. 


8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
4 oz. crumbled blue cheese, at room temperature
1 tbsp. milk
8 Medjool dates, pitted and minced
2 tsp. honey
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 tbsp. minced fresh Italian parsley
½ cup very finely chopped toasted walnuts

Beat together first 4 ingredients using an electric mixer until completely smooth. Fold in next 4 ingredients; chill several hours. Scoop up a rounded tablespoon of cheese mixture; using your hands, quickly and lightly form into a ball about ¾" in diameter. Repeat with remaining mixture; roll balls in chopped nuts. Serve on a 4" bamboo skewer. Makes 18-20 balls. 

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