This has been a big hit for many years as an appetizer, or just for a snack. It is always nice to have when friends drop by, and it freezes very well. If you enjoy nuts, roll the cheese ball in about a half cup of chopped pecans. Serve with crackers. Refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Process dried beef, Italian-style dressing and cream cheese in a food processor until well blended. Transfer to a medium bowl. Chill until firm enough to form into a ball, about 2 hours.

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Nutrition Facts

130 calories; protein 6.5g 13% DV; carbohydrates 1.5g 1% DV; fat 11.1g 17% DV; cholesterol 41.9mg 14% DV; sodium 534.2mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2006
My mom has made this recipe so many times throughout her life (she passed away Easter morning). The person who rated this poorly obviously didn't follow the instructions. It is an excellent dish to sit out and enjoy with crackers. Read More
(12)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/27/2005
This recipe was the biggest bust I've ever served. Not one person took a second cracker. It was so salty nobody liked it. Read More
(19)
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
07/27/2005
This recipe was the biggest bust I've ever served. Not one person took a second cracker. It was so salty nobody liked it. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2006
My mom has made this recipe so many times throughout her life (she passed away Easter morning). The person who rated this poorly obviously didn't follow the instructions. It is an excellent dish to sit out and enjoy with crackers. Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2010
The recipe shouldn't be salty. The dried beef has to be washed off before using. Most brands of dried beef will state this on the package. Hope this helps. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2011
This cheeseball is so simple and delicious! We've been making it for years and we love it. It is now for those watching their sodium intake however! Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2010
mmmmmhh tasted so good!!!!!! Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2018
Everyone LOVED this! I halved it and combined everything a bit differently...Instead of mixing it all in the food processor I Just chopped the beef (that I rinsed and dried) very finely then mixed it by hand with the cream cheese and dressing. I did make this the night before as suggested. We all really enjoyed the flavor of this and I also enjoyed the simplicity! I will be making this again YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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