This recipe is our family's holiday favorite. Grandma usually doubles the recipe, otherwise it won't last long! It can be rolled in ground nuts, bacon bits, or left plain.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, dried beef, and chopped onions. Mix well, then season with onion salt, monosodium glutamate, and Worcestershire sauce. Form into a ball, and refrigerate.

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Nutrition Facts

95.9 calories; 4.4 g protein; 1.4 g carbohydrates; 31.7 mg cholesterol; 428.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2008
Yummmm! This is my husband'd favorite year after year. It'a always the first one gone. This is such good stuff for such an easy recipe to do. The directions don't say it but that you have to rinse the salt from the beef first and then chop the beef into tiny pieces. I reserved some of the chopped dried beef to roll the finished balls in. Great with veggie sticks Wheat Thins Big crackers and Triscuit crackers. I made two smaller cheese balls. A keeper... great meat and cheese ball recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/30/2003
This is the worst recipe I have ever tried! It sounded great & I made it for an OFFICE TEA-it was so bad that everyone threw it out!I knew it didn't taste good to me but it was to late to do anything but take it-I would not recommend anyone trying this you will be wasting Cream Cheese & Dried Beef. Read More
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206 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2008
Yummmm! This is my husband'd favorite year after year. It'a always the first one gone. This is such good stuff for such an easy recipe to do. The directions don't say it but that you have to rinse the salt from the beef first and then chop the beef into tiny pieces. I reserved some of the chopped dried beef to roll the finished balls in. Great with veggie sticks Wheat Thins Big crackers and Triscuit crackers. I made two smaller cheese balls. A keeper... great meat and cheese ball recipe! Read More
(152)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2008
Yummmm! This is my husband'd favorite year after year. It'a always the first one gone. This is such good stuff for such an easy recipe to do. The directions don't say it but that you have to rinse the salt from the beef first and then chop the beef into tiny pieces. I reserved some of the chopped dried beef to roll the finished balls in. Great with veggie sticks Wheat Thins Big crackers and Triscuit crackers. I made two smaller cheese balls. A keeper... great meat and cheese ball recipe! Read More
(152)
Rating: 1 stars
12/30/2003
This is the worst recipe I have ever tried! It sounded great & I made it for an OFFICE TEA-it was so bad that everyone threw it out!I knew it didn't taste good to me but it was to late to do anything but take it-I would not recommend anyone trying this you will be wasting Cream Cheese & Dried Beef. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2003
wonderful!! this is also what I use for "pin-wheels". just spread thin on tortillas roll up and toss in the fridge for a while slice into little "pin wheels" and watch your snack tray empty in minutes at any party!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2005
Very quick and easy recipe. Delicious. I did leave out monosodium glutamate and used onion powder instead of onion salt. I received tons of compliments on this cheese ball! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2005
This is a favorite! I altered it a little the 2nd time I made it. I added 8 oz of sour cream used 6 oz of beef and instead of green onion I used 1 tablespooon of minced horsey for a little zing! (I omitted the monosodium glutamate) I served it with the new Garlic Butter Ritz crackers! It was gone in no time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2009
I have been making this recipe for nearly 18 years (I started when I was a kid with my mom). SANS MSG. It is so good it's the only cheese ball I make and every time I take it to a party I always get asked for the recipe. At one party I had 3 people calling me throughout the next week asking me for the recipe I didn't even know any of them they just found out who made the cheese ball from the host and called me! Mince up about 2 TBPS of White Onion for a punch of flavor! You will be the celebrity of the party if you bring this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2006
This was wonderful. I took others suggestions and skipped salt & msg and added garlic powder. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/16/2004
This family must have been denied salt as children. Every ingredient has salt. You have to drink a lot of liquor not to notice this baby's real taste. Yuck! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2003
This is a wonderful cheeseball! Exactly what I was looking for and it was a huge hit at my best friend's bridal shower. I added about a teaspoon of horseradish for a little extra bite. Read More
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