This is a fantastic cheese ball recipe that you can add to, and make different for any occasion! You can change this recipe by withholding the meat and adding any of the following: green olives, pimentos, chopped onion, taco seasoning, seasoned salt, parsley or fresh crab. Try adding whatever you desire. Just always start with cream cheese and Cheddar cheese, and away you go! Have fun!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
11
Yield:
10 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

11
Original recipe yields 11 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, garlic powder, salt, ham and olives. Form the mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped walnuts until heavily coated. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

313 calories; protein 10.9g 22% DV; carbohydrates 3.1g 1% DV; fat 29.3g 45% DV; cholesterol 69.6mg 23% DV; sodium 452.6mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2008
Every asks me to make the cheese ball now and I can do it even when I'm exhausted and pregnant because it hardly takes any time everyone loves it -- even people who don't like meat and I always get asked for the recipe... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/04/2005
I did not care for this at all! The ham and black olives just made it taste gross (to me). I do agree with Katie Rose's suggestion to alter it to your desires which I may try and do. Read More
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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2008
Every asks me to make the cheese ball now and I can do it even when I'm exhausted and pregnant because it hardly takes any time everyone loves it -- even people who don't like meat and I always get asked for the recipe... Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2003
Excellent recipe! Following ingredients as printed it made two very large cheese balls. Makes the best cheese ball I have ever tasted. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2007
GREAT cheese ball! I added green onions and used Sharp Cheddar Cheese. I serve this cheeseball for every year at our Halloween Party. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2009
This was by far the easiest and best tasting cheeseball I have ever made. I served it as an appetizer during Thanksgiving and my mother-in-law just thought I was the greatest because it was the first homemade cheese ball she had EVER eaten. I love her but she doesn't cook..ever and just buys everything already made from the grocery...including cheeseballs. It was a lot and I thought there would be some leftover but I was so wrong. I've made it several times since and am always asked to bring it to get togethers now. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2003
I made it for Easter using black and green olives and chopped HoneyBaked ham. It was a hit with my in-laws! My 6 year old even liked it. I can hardly wait to try it with crab and/or shrimp. This is a wonderful "basic" cheeseball. Thanks Kati for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2003
Super quick and a huge hit at an office baby shower I hosted!! Many requests for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2008
Made this for a Christmas day appetizer and came out great! Bought a little bit more walnuts than recipe called for and shaped into a log instead of a ball...seemed to make more sense since other people said the ball came out quite large. Added some of the ham I made for the dinner and omitted olives. Wonderful!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2005
Wonderful recipe! Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe so they could make it too!! Super easy! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/04/2005
I did not care for this at all! The ham and black olives just made it taste gross (to me). I do agree with Katie Rose's suggestion to alter it to your desires which I may try and do. Read More
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