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Salted Pistachio Crusted Cream Cheese Ball with Saltines

Ryan Scott's Salted Pistachio Crusted Cream Cheese Ball with Saltines
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  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 jalapenos, de-seeded
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ranch powder
  • 2 cups salted crushed pistachios
  • 1 package saltines
  • Chef notes

    So easy to prepare and customize, this crowd-pleasing appetizer is guaranteed to be the life of any holiday party.


    Place cream cheese in a medium sized mixing bowl. Mix until cream cheese is soft. Mix in jalapeno, green onion, sour cream, and ranch powder.

    In a separate bowl, line the bottom with plastic wrap. Form the cheese mix into a ball then place on the plastic wrap. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until the ball sets, at least 2 hours. To serve, roll the cheese ball in crushed pistachios. Serve with saltine crackers.