Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

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  • Classic cheese ball recipe – Hands down one of the easiest and yummiest recipes to serve at your next holiday party! This easy cheese ball recipe is always a huge hit!

    Once the holidays arrive, I’m always looking for easy appetizer recipes to make. This cream cheese ball is one of my favorites, along with pigs in a blanket, easy potato skins, homemade pretzel bites and buffalo chicken dip.

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    Cheese ball recipe

    I had friends over (who are also away from their family) this past year for Thanksgiving and debated about making a cream cheese ball. I had so many other things to make, so this was kind of on the “if I get to it list.” Well I’m so glad I got to it because as soon as one of our friends arrived, they said they were so glad there was a cream cheese ball there. Apparently it’s not the holidays without one. And once I thought about it… it really isn’t. I never really loved them as a kid, but there was always a cheese ball with a veggie tray at every holiday. Now…pass the veggies and give me the cheese and crackers please. I have to contain myself so I don’t eat the whole thing! ;)

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    This classic cheese ball recipe is SO easy to make and only takes 4 ingredients. Can’t beat that. You can also make the easy cheese ball the night before and I think it tastes even better the next day once the flavors have had time to marry together. Mmm!

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    How do I make a cheese ball?

    This cheese ball recipe is SO easy! It’s honestly one of the easiest appetizers ever. Just follow the simple steps below. Scroll down for the printable classic cheese ball recipe.

    1. Mix all ingredients except pecans with an electric mixer until smooth.
    2. Place on plastic wrap, cover and form into ball. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
    3. Put pecans on a plate. Remove cheese ball from plastic wrap and roll in pecans until well-coated.
    4. Place cheese ball on a platter with crackers and serve. Enjoy!

    How long does a cheese ball last?

    This easy cheese ball will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks, although I’m sure it will get eaten up before then since it’s so delicious. :)

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    Additional cheese ball coatings

    If you don’t want to use pecans, you can coat the cheese ball with any of the options below. You could even cut the cheese ball in half and do two different versions. Lots of ways to customize for your guests. This appetizer is great because it can be prepped the night beforehand as well.

    • Walnuts
    • Chopped pretzels
    • Pine nuts
    • Sliced almonds
    • Chopped bacon
    • Crushed crackers
    • Chopped bacon
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    Classic Cheese Ball

    Classic cheese ball recipe - Hands down one of the easiest and yummiest recipes to serve at your next holiday party! This easy cheese ball recipe is always a huge hit!

    Course Appetizer
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Classic cheese ball
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
    Servings 16
    Calories 121 kcal
    Author Jamielyn

    Ingredients

    • 16 ounces cream cheese (softened)
    • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped fine)
    • 1 Tablespoon ranch dressing dry mix (like Hidden Valley)
    • 1/2 teaspoon dill (optional)
    • 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
    • For serving: Favorite snack crackers or vegetables

    Instructions

    1. Mix all ingredients except pecans with an electric mixer until smooth.
    2. Place on plastic wrap, cover and form into ball. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
    3. Put pecans on a plate. Remove cheese ball from plastic wrap and roll in pecans until well-coated.

    4. Place cheese ball on a platter with crackers and serve. Enjoy!

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    Recipe Notes

    If you don’t want to use nuts, you can use chopped bacon or crushed crackers instead..

    Nutrition Facts
    Classic Cheese Ball
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 121 Calories from Fat 99
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 11g 17%
    Saturated Fat 5g 25%
    Cholesterol 31mg 10%
    Sodium 161mg 7%
    Potassium 56mg 2%
    Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
    Sugars 1g
    Protein 1g 2%
    Vitamin A 7.9%
    Vitamin C 0.4%
    Calcium 3.1%
    Iron 1.2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Dig right in to this classic cheese ball recipe and enjoy! ;)

    4 ingredient cheese ball -hands down one of the easiest and yummiest recipes to serve at your next holiday party!Dig right in to this classic cheese ball recipe and enjoy! ;)Dig right in to this classic cheese ball recipe and enjoy! ;)
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