If you’re looking for the best crowd-pleasing easy appetizer, look no further than this Cheddar Cheese Ball recipe!
At any party that my mom threw when I was growing up I remember a cheese and cracker tray being present. (Hmm, I guess it isn’t such a big surprise that as an adult I’m a cheese fiend, is it, lol?)
Between my sister and I, I was always the one who my mom delegated the job of arranging the cheese tray. And I didn’t mind at all.
So now, when I’m hosting or going to a party and in need of a dish to pass, my mind wanders for a bit and then settles on a cheese tray. Whether it’s the holiday season, a birthday party, tailgating gathering, or anything in between. A homemade cheese ball fits any occasion!
To make things more interesting, I like to spice up my cheese trays. And a cheese ball is a fun way to (literally) add some spice!
I use a mix of cheddar cheese and cream cheese, and the end result is a soft, spreadable cheese.
It’s slightly tangy and very flavorful with just a couple spices, but no one spice really overpowers another.
The toasted pecans on the outside provide a fantastic crunch.
This Cheddar Cheese Ball Appetizer reminds me of what I think of as pub cheese or pub spread.
There are so many different flavor variations that you can experiment with here. Crumbled turkey bacon and fresh minced scallion create a whole different experience. Or swap out cheddar for blue cheese, add minced fresh herbs instead of the Worcestershire and spices, and serve grapes along with the crackers.
The flavor possibilities are endless when it comes to a cheese ball!
What Is a Cheese Ball Made Of?
The two main ingredients in a cheese ball are cream cheese and a semi-hard cheese, such as cheddar or a semi-soft cheese, such as blue.
Additionally, cheese balls can be flavored with herbs, spices, or other flavorings, such as Worcestershire sauce.
Frequently, cheese balls are rolled in nuts and/or herbs, which adds another level of flavor and texture.
What Goes With a Cheese Ball?
You can serve anything with a cheese ball that you would serve on a cheese board.
Here are a few examples of foods that pair well with cheese:
- Fresh seasonal fruit, such as apple, pear, figs, grapes, pomegranate, etc.
- Nuts, such as pecans or almonds
- Cornichons, or other types of pickles
- Dark chocolate
- Homemade crackers or store-bought crackers
How Long Are Cheddar Cheese Balls Good For?
Once this cheese ball recipe is made, you can wrap it in plastic wrap and keep it stored in the fridge for up to 5 days before serving.
More Cheesy Appetizer Inspiration:
- Pimento Cheese
- Cheese Straws
- Zucchini and Goat Cheese Stacks with Fresh Mint, Pine Nuts, and Crispy Prosciutto
- Cheesy Spinach Dip
- Blue Cheese Crostini with Pecans and Honey
- Baked Brie with Warm Honeyed Grapes and Walnuts
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Cheddar Cheese Ball Appetizer (aka Cheddar Pub Spread)
- Pulse together all ingredients in a food processor until it forms a smooth paste.
- Divide in half, and roll each half into a ball.
- Put the cheese balls on a paper towel-lined plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. (This lets the flavors blend and drains out any excess liquid.)
- The next day, either serve the cheese balls or wrap each in plastic wrap. Wrapped in plastic wrap, the cheese balls will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge.
- Right before serving, roll each ball in pecans and them sit at room temperature for 45 minutes.
- Serve with crackers or anything else you like.
- Net Carbs: 1g per serving
- This recipe makes 2 large cheese balls. Each cheese ball serves 8 (so the total recipe, which makes 2 cheese balls, yields 16 servings).
- Cheese balls are fun to play with the flavor profiles! Swap out whatever kind of cheddar is your favorite, and use your favorite kind of nuts for coating.
This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on October 24, 2011. It was updated with more information on December 11, 2019.
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