The best classic cheese ball with a wedge cut out and spread on a cracker

The Best Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

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Believe me when I tell you this is the best Classic Cheese Ball Recipe! This easy party appetizer is made with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, seasoning, and coated in pecans. It’s a must have holiday appetizer that everyone will love.

The best classic cheese ball served with crackers

I have always loved having a cheese ball to snack on as a holiday appetizer, and I have the best classic cheese ball recipe just for you. It’s quick, simple, and takes only 10 minutes to prepare. Now that’s what I like when it comes to bringing an appetizer to your holiday gathering.

This homemade cheese ball is so versatile and can be customized to your families liking. Not a fan of pecans, roll the cheese ball in almonds or bacon crumbles. Do you like a little spice? Try adding some hot sauce for a little kick! The possibilities are endless, and will taste much bette than store bought!

You might just want to make two cheese balls from scratch because they are that good. Once you set them out on the table, they will be gone in no time!

Ingredients needed for this classic cheese ball

  • Cream Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning
  • Dried Dill
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Pecans
  • Crackers For Serving

How to make this easy classic cheese ball

  • In a medium size mixing bowl beat softened cream cheese, sour cream, ranch seasoning, and dried dill with a hand mixer. Mix until well combined and creamy.
  • Stir in shredded cheese until combined.
  • Place cheese mixture on a sheet of saran wrap and form into a ball.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour.
cheese ball wrapped in saran wrap to be chilled
  • Remove from the fridge and place chopped pecans on a plate.
  • Roll cheese ball in pecans until well coated, while keeping the shape of a ball.
cheese ball getting rolled in chopped pecans
  • Serve with crackers or vegetables! Enjoy!
cheese ball spread on a cracker

What to serve with a cheese ball?

  • Crackers
  • Vegetables
  • Mini Bagels
  • Sliced Baguettes
  • Pretzels

Different coatings for cheese ball

If your not a fan of pecans, there are a few different options to coat your homemade cheese ball in. I have listed a few of my favorites below.

  • Walnuts
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Bacon Crumbles
  • Crushed Pretzels
  • Candied Pecans

Can I make this cheese ball ahead of time?

YES! This is one of the reasons why I love making homemade cheese balls. You can customize them to your liking and you can make them ahead of time for easy prep during the busy holiday’s.

Simply prepare cheese ball as directed and place in an airtight container. Keep it in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

homemade cheese ball served with crackers

How to store homemade cheeseballs?

Because cheese balls have dairy in them, they need to be kept in the fridge when not being served. If you happen to have leftovers, keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Tips and tricks for making the best cheese ball

I have added a few tips and tricks that I find come in handy when making a homemade cheese ball.

  • Be sure to add a crunchy coating to give the cheese ball some texture.
  • Skip the pre shredded cheese. Freshly grated cheese is much better, because it has more flavor and doesn’t have the waxy coating like pre shredded.
  • Homemade cheese balls need to be chilled in order to keep a ball shape, and before adding the chopped pecans.
  • If you chill overnight, let it rest at room temperature for at least 2 minutes before serving.
  • Use a butter knife to spread the cheese on your crackers, this will keep your crackers from breaking if you dig right in.
  • Finely chop the pecans, this will help them coat the cheese better.
cheese ball with a wedge taken out and spread on crackers

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The best classic cheese ball with a wedge cut out and spread on a cracker

The Best Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

April King
Believe me when I tell you this is the best Classic Cheese Ball Recipe! This easy party appetizer is made with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, seasoning, and coated in pecans. It's a must have holiday appetizer that everyone will love
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
chill time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 158 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. ranch seasoning
  • 1 tsp. dried dill
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup pecans, finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • In a medium size mixing bowl beat softened cream cheese, sour cream, ranch seasoning, and dried dill with a hand mixer. Mix until well combined and creamy.
  • Stir in shredded cheese until combined.
  • Place cheese mixture on a sheet of saran wrap and form into a ball.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Remove from fridge, and place chopped pecans on a plate.
  • Roll cheese ball in pecans until well coated.
  • Serve with crackers. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 1.6gProtein: 4gFat: 15.1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 211mgPotassium: 13.1mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1.4gVitamin A: 29.3IUCalcium: 52.3mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Classic Cheese Ball, Homemade Cheese Ball
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