Traditional Christmas Cheese Ball

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I look forward to this simple, traditional cheese ball every year. It has been served during family Christmas Eve parties since before my time. The ingredients are few and inexpensive, and might be made year-round, but I reserve this one special appetizer for the holidays only to maintain its specialness. I love to serve Ritz crackers with the cheese ball to bring out its savory flavor.

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Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 (2.5 ounce) package thinly sliced smoked beef, chopped

  • 1 (2.25 ounce) can pimento-stuffed green olives, chopped

  • 1 small Vidalia or other sweet onion, minced

  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce, or to taste

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Mix the cream cheese, beef, olives, onion, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl until evenly blended. Keeping the mixture in the bowl, scrape it into a semi-ball shape. Cover, and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.

  2. Place a large sheet of waxed paper on a flat surface. Sprinkle with walnuts. Roll the cheese ball in the walnuts until completely covered. Transfer the cheese ball to a serving plate, or rewrap with waxed paper and refrigerate until needed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

180 Calories
17g Fat
3g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 293mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 109mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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