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Festive appetizer "Christmas balls" with cheese and chicken


Festive appetizer "Christmas balls" - a portioned dish for the New Year's snack table. This is a salad with cheese and chicken in the form of balls in a breading of parsley and walnuts. It turns out simple and very tasty. It looks presentable on the festive table, and is prepared in less than half an hour. By the way, if the menu for the New Year has already been invented, still save this recipe. Suddenly there will be a roast chicken or turkey after a feast, then on January 1, you can use the remnants of a festive dinner to prepare this snack.

Festive appetizer "Christmas balls" with cheese and chicken
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • Servings Per Container: 6

Ingredients for the appetizer "Christmas balls"

  • 150 g of boiled or fried chicken;
  • 1 processed cheese "Friendship";
  • 2-3 eggs cooked in a steep;
  • 120 g of walnuts;
  • 30 g parsley;
  • 1 pod of chili pepper;
  • 30 g sour cream;
  • 50 g mayonnaise;
  • salt and pepper to taste.

The method of preparation of a festive snack "Christmas balls"

Cut boiled or fried chicken into very small cubes. The meat for the Christmas tree balls festive snack should be very tender and literally break up into fibers, so it’s easier to sculpt the balls. Instead of chicken, you can cook with turkey or any other cooked meat, the main thing is that it is soft.

The Friendship cheese is placed for 15 minutes in the freezer, rub the cooled cheese on a coarse grater, add to the salad bowl. Any semi-hard processed cheese is suitable for salad; I like Friendship more.

Hard-boiled chicken eggs are cooled, grated on a coarse grater, added to the rest of the ingredients.

Cut boiled or fried chicken into very small cubes Chilled cheese "Friendship" rub on a coarse grater, add to the salad bowl Hard-boiled eggs we rub on a coarse grater, add to other ingredients

To taste, salt, pepper, season with sour cream and mayonnaise. If you like savory foods, you can add a clove of garlic and ground chili, passed through a press.

To taste, salt, pepper, season salad with sour cream and mayonnaise

Thoroughly mix the ingredients, you should get a thick mass that is easily molded and does not lose shape. If the salad seems liquid, then this can be corrected - add grated parmesan, another boiled egg, in a word, any ingredient that suits your taste and makes the texture thicker. The mixed salad is sent to the refrigerator.

Mix the ingredients thoroughly and send the salad to the refrigerator

Meanwhile, walnuts are cleaned, washed, dried in the oven or in a dry frying pan. Grind the cooled nuts in a blender to make a rather large crumb. Instead of walnuts, you can take pecans or hazelnuts for a festive snack.

Grind dried walnuts

We chop the leaves of parsley from the stems, chop finely. Mix chopped parsley with chopped nuts in a plate. Parsley can be replaced with cilantro or dill.

Mix chopped parsley with chopped nuts

Two teaspoons form a small ball of chilled salad, put in a plate with breading, roll the balls so that the breading completely covers them.

We form balls and roll in breading

We lay out the finished snack on boards or plates, leave a small distance between the balls, before serving we put it in the refrigerator.

We clean the snack in the refrigerator

Pod of red pepper cut into rings, peel the rings from seeds. We put a little ring of pepper on the skewer, pierce the ball, next to it we put in a sprig of dill. We decorate all the "Christmas balls". The festive appetizer "Christmas balls" with cheese and chicken is ready, serve on the table.

Decorate the festive appetizer "Christmas balls" and serve

Bon appetit and a Happy New Year and Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays!