Walnut-Dusted Cheese Balls

This image courtesy of Colin Ericcson

The combination of soft, sweet mascarpone, slightly astringent Gorgonzola and bittersweet walnuts is quite glorious. Spread this on a plain cracker and enjoy with a glass of robust red wine.

Makes4 balls



Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Courseappetizer, hors d'oeuvre

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor

Mealdinner, snack

Taste and Texturecheesy, creamy, nutty, savory

Type of Dishdip/spread


  • 4 oz mascarpone cheese 125 g
  • 4 oz Gorgonzola cheese 125 g
  • 1 tbsp minced red onion 15 mL
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts 125 mL


  1. In a food processor fitted with metal blade, process mascarpone, Gorgonzola, red onion and garlic until smoothly blended. Transfer to a cutting board and shape into 4 balls, each about 1½ inches (4 cm) in diameter.

  2. Spread walnuts on a work surface. Roll balls until well covered. Chill for at least 3 hours or up to 2 days, until nicely firm.


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