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Mini Roasted Vegetable Cheese Balls CLINTON KELLY

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Put those leftover roasted veggies to good use!

ingredients
FOR THE CHEESE BALLS:
1/2 cup cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup goat cheese (softened)
1/2 cup leftover Fall Roasted Vegetable Medley – http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/fall-roasted-vegetable-medley-clinton-kelly (finely chopped)
1/4 cup dried cranberries (finely chopped)
2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds (finely chopped)
16 pretzel sticks
cooking spray (to coat hands)
FOR THE PECANS:
1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

directions
For the Cheese Ball: Line a sheet tray with parchment paper and set aside.
Mix together the cream cheese, goat cheese, roasted vegetables, cranberries and pomegranate seeds. Season with salt and pepper. Using a teaspoon, scoop cheese mixture into 1/2-inch balls and form the balls around the bottom of the pretzel sticks. Place on the prepared sheet tray.
To Toast the Pecans: In a small saute pan over medium-low heat, add the pecans and butter stirring, as the butter melts. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until nuts are golden brown and toasted, about 5 minutes.
To Assemble: Dip the bottom of each cheese ball lightly in the chopped nuts. Repeat with the rest of the cheese balls. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Tip: Get creative! Add your favorite dried fruits and nuts to give this holiday treat your own personal touch!

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