Best Herbed Goat Cheese Ball Hedgehogs Recipe

Sliced almonds transform this tangy, creamy appetizer into cute (and delicious) hedgehogs.

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Yields: 6 serving(s)

Total Time: 15 mins


  • 4 oz.

    fresh goat cheese, at room temperature 

  • 4 oz.

    cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1/4 c.


  • 2 tbsp.

    fresh chives, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp.

    fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp.

    lemon zest

  • Kosher salt and pepper

  • Sliced almonds, dried black beans, and capers, for decorating


On the nose: For a convincing (and cute!) hedgehog, pinch the cheese at the tip of the mound to create a distinct snout.

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