ALMOND-CRUSTED BRANDY CHEESE BALL
8 ounces cream cheese
1 tablespoon brandy
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups sliced almonds
2 green onions thinly sliced
Place cream cheese in a bowl. Add brandy and orange juice and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Add the green onions and mix until all ingredients are combined. Place sliced almonds on a cutting board. Spoon cream cheese onto middle of almonds then roll until the cream cheese is completely covered and formed into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
If you like a bit of spice add a few chili flakes or a few shakes of tabasco sauce.
Simon Webster is the Executive Chef of Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro a multi-faceted dining destination just outside Palestine. For more information go to www.saborapasion.com or call 903-729-9500.