Rating: 4.5 stars
65 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2

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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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

180 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 2.8g; fat 17.3g; cholesterol 34.7mg; sodium 293.4mg. Full Nutrition
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