Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Bites

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  • Cheese ball bites are flavorful appetizers that are perfect for snacking or serving at parties. These mini cheese balls are loaded with everyone’s favorite ingredients, and they are incredibly simple to make.

    I’m a big fan of bite-sized appetizers when entertaining. They’re the perfect size and everyone always loves them! Some other favorites are bacon-wrapped bread biteskielbasa puffs, homemade pretzel bites and fig and brie appetizers.

    cheese ball bites on a pretzel stick

    Mini cheese balls

    I love a good cheese ball. They are one of my favorite appetizers, mainly because I enjoy eating them and because they can be whipped up so quickly—often just a few minutes! I usually just make regular sized cheese balls, but this time around I thought it would be fun to make them miniature sized.

    Who doesn’t love mini cheese ball bites, especially when they are loaded with bacon? You can’t go wrong with ranch and bacon, it is such a delicious flavor combination. Not only are they delicious in these mini cheese balls, but also in bacon ranch deviled eggs and my chex crusted bacon ranch cheese ball.

    I’m telling you, these little appetizers are just so yummy! And the green onions add a perfect fresh flavor. I love the crunch of pecans on the outside, but you could roll them in more bacon, or even fresh parsley.

    mixing together ingredients for cheese ball bites in a glass bowl

    How to Make Mini Cheese Balls

    This recipe is so simple to throw together. Just follow these simple step by step directions and you’ll have the perfect loaded cheese ball bites!

    1. Cook bacon until crispy. You’ll need about a half cup of diced bacon, so this would be a good use for leftover bacon after breakfast.
    2. Beat cream cheese until it’s smooth.
    3. Add in the rest of the ingredients. This includes cheddar cheese, bacon, ranch dressing mix, and green onions. Beat it all until well blended.
    4. Cover and chill for about 20 minutes. You can also chill it longer if you want to make it ahead of time.
    5. Roll the mixture into balls and cover with crushed pecans. Then, chill the cheese ball bites until ready to serve, then insert a pretzel stick before serving.

    NOTE: If you want a large cheese ball, there’s no reason why this recipe couldn’t be used to create a big mound. Instead of rolling the cheese ball bites in crushed pecans, you can make a cheese log and roll it in the pecans, then serve with pretzels.

    mini cheese balls on a pretzel stick

    Serving options

    I serve this mini cheese ball recipe with pretzel sticks to make them even easier to serve, especially at a buffet table. In my opinion, it’s so much better than trying to cut off a piece of cheese ball with a knife!

    However, if you are trying to make this gluten-free or low carb, or just don’t want to use pretzels, you can easily serve these with toothpicks instead. You can get the fancy kind with the fringe too.

    Other options include wheat thins, triscuits, crackers, toast, or even vegetables. However you serve it, it’s fantastic!

    plate of mini cheese ball bites on pretzel sticks

    Next time you need to bring an appetizer to a party, bring a tray of these cheese ball bites! Not only are they easy to make, but they are also sure to be a hit. Everybody loves cute little bite-sized food! Who knows, you might end up making all your cheeseballs miniature from now on.

    Plus, you are practically guaranteed to be the only one who brings loaded cheese ball bites. It’s definitely a treat that’s above and beyond.

    stack of mini cheese balls on a red plate with triscuits

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    Mini Cheese Ball Recipe

    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cheese ball bites, mini cheese ball recipe, mini cheese balls
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Let Chill: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 35 minutes
    Servings: 18
    Calories: 84
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Cheese ball bites are flavorful appetizers that are perfect for snacking or serving at parties. These mini cheese balls are loaded with everyone's favorite ingredients, and they are incredibly simple to make.

    Ingredients

    • 8 ounce package cream cheese
    • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
    • 2 teaspoons dry ranch dressing mix
    • 1/2 cup cooked bacon , diced
    • 2 green onions , sliced
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
    • 18 mini stick pretzels

    Instructions

    • Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Add cheddar cheese, ranch dressing mix, bacon and green onions. Beat again until well blended.
    • Cover and chill in refrigerator for 20 minutes, or until set up enough to handle.
    • Roll into 1″ sized balls. Then roll the mini cheese balls in chopped pecans. Chill until ready to serve. Just before serving, stick a pretzel stick into each cheese ball bite.

    Notes

    Make ahead: If you want to make the cheese balls ahead of time, just roll them in nuts and refrigerate them. Add the pretzel sticks right before serving.
    To make a large cheese ball: Instead of rolling the cheese ball bites in crushed pecans, you can make a cheese log and roll it in the pecans, then serve with pretzels.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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    Originally written by Kara from Creations by Kara for I Heart Naptime.

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