Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
2 cups crumbled goat cheese
8 ounces cream cheese , softened
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove , minced
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 cup finely chopped chives
1. COMBINE INGREDIENTS Process goat cheese, cream cheese, lemon juice, basil, garlic, and lemon zest in food processor until smooth.
2. SHAPE CHEESE BALL Following Step by Step photo at left, transfer cheese mixture to center of large sheet of plastic wrap and tightly wrap, shaping cheese into rough ball. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours. (Cheese ball can be refrigerated for 2 days.)
3. COAT CHEESE BALL Once cheese ball is firm, reshape as necessary to form smooth ball. Unwrap and roll in chives to coat. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Serve.