Homemade cheese balls are so easy to put together. An easy cream cheese ball is the kind of appetizer you want to keep in the back of your mind year-round. What’s different about this classic cheese ball recipe? It has one secret ingredient in it that you will never guess.
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I love making homemade cheese balls. They are simple to prepare, and you can make them a day or two ahead of time.
Sure, they sell cheese balls in the grocery store, but often they contain lots of preservatives. The beauty of making something from scratch is that you know exactly what’s in there.
This cream cheese ball recipe is from my Grandmother’s collection. This appetizer recipe makes one very large cheese ball. It has many different ingredients to give you a very flavorful munchy that your family and friends will enjoy.
I do make one change from my Grandmother’s recipe – she used dried onions, and I like to use green onions. You can choose either one.
This easy cheese ball recipe with cream cheese and green onions is the one you must try. It makes a cheese ball that is super creamy and rich, with that perfect contrast of crunch from the nutty topping!
The basis of this recipe is two kinds of cheese: cream cheese and cheddar cheese. The one secret ingredient is steak sauce! Heinz 57 or A1 adds a nice touch, and when your guests are eating the cheese ball, they won’t be able to figure out what is providing the unique flavor.
This is not a boring cheeseball – the mixture of cheeses with steak sauce is nothing short of magical. It’s the perfect cheese ball to bring to a holiday party.
Such simple ingredients; you might not even need to make a trip to the store.
It’s practically impossible to go wrong with this easy cheese ball recipe with cream cheese and green onions. It’s a delicious appetizer for your holiday gatherings.
Method 1: Use a spatula and your hands. Spray your hands with some non-stick cooking spray to prevent the cheese from sticking.
Method 2: Spare your hands by using plastic wrap to shape your cheese ball.
The Nutty Coating: You can use whichever nuts you prefer, but they should be chopped finely. To coat, hold your cheese ball in one hand. Using your other hand, carefully scoop up the nuts and press them onto the ball’s surface.
You can easily modify this cheese ball with cream cheese recipe. For example, for some extra flair, you could swap out the cheddar cheese for Monterey Jack. Here are some other ideas:
This cheese ball with cream cheese simply loves company! In my family, it’s not a party until the Philadelphia cream cheese cheese ball arrives. For dipping, opt for a buttery cracker like Ritz.
This easy cheese ball recipe with cream cheese and green onions is perfect to set out as a party appetizer while you prepare the rest of your holiday feast! It’s completely low maintenance. Just set it out with plenty of yummy crackers for people to serve themselves.
It’s perfectly portable, so you can take it just about anywhere – to a potluck, a tailgate, a baby shower, etc.
This good looking cheese ball works perfectly on a Charcuterie Board with other appetizers.
Leftover cream cheese ball is great for bagels. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy it the next morning for breakfast.
CopyKat Tip: Make sure to provide a cheese spreader knife with your cheese ball platter. If people dip their crackers straight into the ball, chances are the crackers will break into pieces!
Make Ahead: This cheese ball with cream cheese recipe can be made up to a week in advance. Just keep it in the refrigerator and wait to add the nuts till you’re ready to serve, so they don’t get soft.
Storing: A cheese ball (minus the nuts) will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.
Leftovers: If you refrigerate any cheeseball leftovers, the nuts might get soft and not have the same crunchy texture.
Freezing: Wrap the cheese ball in plastic wrap (without nuts) and place it in a freezer-safe container or plastic freezer bag. Put wrapped cheese ball in the freezer. It will be good for about a month, Read more detailed instructions on freezing cheese balls.
Thawing: Allow the cheese ball to thaw in the fridge overnight. Add the nuts when completely thawed.