This Classic Cheese Ball recipe is an easy appetizer made from a blend of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, chopped pecans, and spices.

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Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

This easy Cheese Ball recipe is one that my grandma made for every holiday. It’s a simple blend of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onion, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce all rolled together and coated in chopped pecans.

This easy appetizer recipe is one of my favorites because you can make it ahead of time, then pull it out of the refrigerator just before guests arrive and serve it with cheese and crackers, or low carb veggies for those who are skipping the carbs.

Add it to your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve appetizer platters, or serve it at your next game day party.

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How to Make a Cheese Ball:

  1. Place cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, green onion, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer and mix together until all ingredients are fully combined.
  2. Scrape the mixture from the bowl and form into a ball.
  3. Roll the ball in the chopped pecans until it is fully covered. 
  4. Wrap the cheese ball in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour.
  5. Serve with crackers and veggies.
Classic Cheeseball is a traditional appetizer that is easy to make

What to Serve with a Cheese Ball:

This simple cheese ball makes a great party appetizer. It can be placed on a platter with bread and crackers. If you are looking for a low carb option you can pair it with vegetables like celery and cucumbers.

How Long is a Homemade Cheese Ball Good For?

You can make this up to 1 week in advance. Wrap the ball tightly in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it.

Can You Freeze a Cheese Ball?

Yes! If you would like to make your cheese ball even further in advance you can store it in the freezer for up to 2 months.

To freeze a cheese ball wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container or a sealed freezer bag. Place in the freezer until ready to serve.

Before serving remove the cheeseball from the freezer and let it thaw for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

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Servings: 10
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins

Classic Cheese Ball

This Classic Cheese Ball recipe is an easy appetizer made from a blend of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, chopped pecans, and spices.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Pecans, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Place cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onion, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer and mix together until all ingredients are fully combined.
  • Scrape the mixture from the bowl and form into a ball.
  • Roll the ball in the chopped pecans until it is fully covered.
  • Wrap the cheese ball in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour.
  • Serve with vegetables and crackers.

Nutrition

Calories: 238kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 284mg, Potassium: 104mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 537IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 194mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese ball recipe, pecan cheese ball