Pistachio Nut Crusted Shallot and Garlic Cheese Ball

Pistachio Crusted Cheese Ball

Wow, that title is a mouth full, isn’t it?  I tried to say it three times fast and didn’t make it through the second time.  Seriously though, I wanted the title to describe every bit of deliciousness in this appetizer, even if it is a tongue twister. 🙂  This past holiday season, I turned one of my cream cheese dips into a cheese ball and it was a big hit.  I plan to make it again very soon, maybe for the Super Bowl?  The pistachio nuts are perfect and compliment the shallot and garlic so prominent in the cheese ball.

I don’t know about you, but I love pistachio nuts!  I usually buy a few bags at a time, and somehow we didn’t get through all of them before they were almost out of date.  I tend to try and use up food I have on hand, when I am hosting an event.  It is a great time to go through the pantry and get creative.  You know what they say…necessity is the mother of invention.  Not that this cheese ball is an invention.  OK, I am getting off track again.  This is a delicious and unique appetizer.  I hope you give it a try for your next event.

Pistachio Nut Crusted Shallot and Garlic Cheese Ball

1 cheese ball

Pistachio Nut Crusted Shallot and Garlic Cheese Ball


  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup roasted and salted pistachio nuts (about 1/2 cup shelled)
  • Dice the shallot and garlic. Heat up the oil on the stove over medium heat. Once heated, add the garlic and shallot, and let cook until the shallots just start to turn translucent and the garlic begins to turn golden (about 8 to 10 min). Let it cool slightly.
  • Break up the cream cheese slightly and place in a food processor, with the salt. Add the olive oil, garlic, and shallots, and mix until smooth. Taste and add additional salt if desired.
  • Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour before forming the cheese ball. Take out of the fridge, and place in the center of a piece of parchment paper. Using the parchment paper and/or your hands, gently roll into a cheese ball. It will be soft, and can be touched up in the final step. Cover and place in the fridge for an hour.
  • Shell the pistachio nuts. Place them in a food storage bag, and crush them into small uniform pieces (I use a meat tenderizer).
  • Remove the cheese ball from the fridge and gently press the nuts all around the cheese ball, and continue to keep it formed into a ball. This cheese ball is soft, but will hold up. Just keep it shaped while working with it. Place it on a serving dish, and add additional nuts and reshape if needed. Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight. This cheese ball creates a perfect spreadable appetizer.
  • Serve it with crackers, crostini, chips, or my sesame crackers. Enjoy!
  • 34 Responses to“Pistachio Nut Crusted Shallot and Garlic Cheese Ball”

    1. skd
      01/21/2016 at 9:39 am #

      Excellent delicious idea for cheese lovers like me 😉

      • Zoale.com
        01/21/2016 at 10:22 am #

        Thank you 🙂

    2. 01/21/2016 at 9:57 am #

      Wow I am making this the next time I have guests. Delicious and elegant and beautiful. Perfect for entertaining.

      • Zoale.com
        01/21/2016 at 10:29 am #

        That’s awesome! I hope you and your guests enjoy it. Thank you for your kind words 🙂

    3. 01/21/2016 at 10:17 am #

      We love cheese balls for an appetizer. Who doesn’t loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee pistachios-love this Antonia!

    4. 01/21/2016 at 11:30 am #

      Oh yeah! You mean I want a mouthful! Yum!

      • Zoale.com
        01/21/2016 at 11:49 am #

        Haha, yes 🙂 It is hard to resist!

    5. 01/21/2016 at 11:31 am #

      Cheese and nuts – can’t beat that combination! Looks delicious! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        01/21/2016 at 11:50 am #

        Thank you Ronit! Nuts and cheese are perfect together, aren’t they? 🙂

    6. 01/22/2016 at 4:54 am #

      Antonia, this looks superb !!! I love it !!! What a great idea, and I love those flavours 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        01/22/2016 at 9:20 am #

        Thank you so much Lynne 🙂

    7. 01/22/2016 at 3:47 pm #

      It looks great! I make something similar and it is always a huge hit at parties!

      • Zoale.com
        01/22/2016 at 7:00 pm #

        Thank you Francesca! Cheese balls are great for entertaining 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    8. 01/22/2016 at 7:29 pm #

      Looks super yum.. I should try this

      • Zoale.com
        01/23/2016 at 9:06 am #

        Thanks Vidya! I hope are able to try it 🙂

    9. 01/23/2016 at 9:26 am #

      I have recently started eating pistachios! they are so huge in the middle east but I never tried them! My kids love them so this would be amazing! Thanks Antonia!

      • Zoale.com
        01/23/2016 at 9:33 am #

        They are one of my favorite nuts Lynn. In fact, I like them with an iced latte sometimes in the afternoon. I am glad you like the recipe and I hope you get a chance to try it. It is really delicious. I hope you have a nice weekend 🙂

        • 01/23/2016 at 9:34 am #

          Have a great weekend! Yes they are addicting Antonia!

        • Zoale.com
          01/23/2016 at 9:36 am #

          Thanks Lynn 🙂

        • 01/23/2016 at 9:38 am #


    10. 01/23/2016 at 9:36 pm #

      I think a cheese ball might be the perfect appetizer! Looks yummy 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        01/24/2016 at 1:09 pm #

        Yes, I agree 🙂 Thanks Josette!

    11. 01/24/2016 at 11:46 am #

      Perfect appetizer for the big game in a couple of weeks. Love using pistachios!

      • Zoale.com
        01/24/2016 at 1:17 pm #

        Thank you Judi! Pistachios are amazing 🙂 I hope you are having a nice weekend!

    12. 01/24/2016 at 3:38 pm #

      Hi! I nominated you for the Dragon´s Loyalty Award! It is in my last post!nataschaspalace.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/a-dragons-loyalty-award-and-how-about-recipe-for-a-%c2%a8sweet%c2%a8kiss

      • Zoale.com
        01/25/2016 at 8:42 am #

        Thank you so much for the nomination Natascha! Congratulations on your award!

        • 01/25/2016 at 1:16 pm #

          Thank you so much! xxxx

        • Zoale.com
          01/25/2016 at 2:29 pm #


    13. kushigalu
      02/01/2016 at 8:56 pm #

      Amazing combo! Looks super delicious 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        02/02/2016 at 8:45 am #

        Thank you very much Kushi!


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