Everything about an everything bagel is pretty appealing—tender dough baked with a bold blend of garlic powder, onion powder, and sesame seeds. For your next party, keep it keto (thanks to an easy recipe from Primal Kitchen founder Mark Sisson) by nixing the bread and prepping these zesty cheese balls instead. We like using mixed sesame seeds (black and white) for a color contrast, but any option you have handy is perfect. No matter what, we’re pretty sure these bites will fly off the tray.
Yield: 20 balls
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
4 ounces full-fat cream cheese, room temperature
¼ cup full-fat sour cream
½ cup shredded Swiss or mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Onion Powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
¼ teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Ground Pepper
½ cup Thrive Market Organic Sesame Seeds (white, black, or a mix), toasted
In a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer and bowl), combine the cream cheese, sour cream, Swiss or mozzarella cheese, horseradish, garlic powder, onion powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper. Mix on low about 1 minute, until the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Taste and add more salt if needed. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to chill.
Place the sesame seeds in a small bowl. Scoop out a spoonful of the cheese mixture and, using your hands, roll into a ball about the size of a large marble. Dip the ball into sesame seeds and roll to coat, then place the ball on a plate. Repeat with the remaining cheese mixture. Return to the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.
Reprinted from THE KETO RESET DIET COOKBOOK by Mark Sisson with Lindsay Taylor. Copyright @ 2018 by Mark Sisson. Photos copyright @ 2018 Andrew Purcell. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
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