How to Make a Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

Cheese balls may have had their heyday in the 70s but they’re still a delicious and easy appetizer you can make ahead for your next get together.

How to Make a Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

Start your cheeseball with a shredded cheese with lots of flavor. You need a flavorful cheese to stand out after it’s blended with your other ingredients. Sharp or extra sharp cheddar are my favorites but you can easily substitute your favorite cheese to create your own twist on this retro favorite.

Once your cheeses – and any other flavoring you’d add – are well-mixed you can shape your cheeseball by wrapping it in plastic wrap. Use the wrap to shape your cheese into a ball or a log. Chill your cheese ball in the fridge and just before serving, unwrap your cheese ball and roll it in chopped bacon and pecans. Yes, your fantastical ball of cheese will be covered in crunchy bits of bacon and toasted pecans!

Serve your Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball with sliced bread or buttery crackers and you’re party-ready!

TIPS:
It’s worth repeating — choose a cheese with a big, bold flavor.

Use plastic wrap to wrap your cheese ball tightly and mold it into shape.

Let your cheese ball come to room temperature before serving so it’s at good spreading consistency.

TOOLS:
Medium Bowl

Stand Mixer or Hand Mix

Spatula

Plastic Wrap

TECHNIQUES
Mixin’

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

Appetizers, Recipes

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 12 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup toasted, chopped pecans
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the bacon and nut,s in the bowl of a mixer. Mix on low speed until well-mixed.
  2. Scoop the mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap and use the plastic wrap to shape the cheese into a ball. Chill the cheeseball at least 3 hours.
  3. Mix the crumbled bacon and pecans together on a large plate. Unwrap the cheeseball and roll it in the bacon and pecans until it's evenly covered.
  4. Place on a serving platter and serve with crackers or sliced bread.
  5. Serves 6
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