The caraway seeds add a nutty, rustic flavor that complements the sharp tang of the cheddar. My mother always made this for family Christmas parties, and it remains my all-time favorite recipe for cheese balls.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 10 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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  • Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until fluffy and soft. Stir in the mustard, sherry, and 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds, mixing thoroughly. Beat in the Cheddar cheese and vegetable oil. Shape mixture into a ball and roll in the remaining 3 tablespoons of caraway seeds. Wrap coated ball in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours.

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Nutrition Facts

233 calories; protein 10.8g; carbohydrates 2.7g; fat 20g; cholesterol 55.1mg; sodium 354.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
OMG I looove this this cheese ball!!! I make cheese balls all the time for parties because they are easy and who doesn't like cheese!:) This is by far the best cheese ball recipe I have found. If your not familliar with caraway seeds they are very flavorful and are similar to the flavor of rye bread. I used extra virgin olive oil & some cabernet I had instead of the sherry. I also added an extra TSP of caraway seeds inside of the ball and rolled it as I always do in a mixture of walnuts and fresh chopped parsley. I made mine for a halloween party so I also added a few drops of red dye which gave it a fancy port-wine look. This cheese ball got devoured at my party and received many compliments. Delicious! Thank you!!!:);) Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
OMG I looove this this cheese ball!!! I make cheese balls all the time for parties because they are easy and who doesn't like cheese!:) This is by far the best cheese ball recipe I have found. If your not familliar with caraway seeds they are very flavorful and are similar to the flavor of rye bread. I used extra virgin olive oil & some cabernet I had instead of the sherry. I also added an extra TSP of caraway seeds inside of the ball and rolled it as I always do in a mixture of walnuts and fresh chopped parsley. I made mine for a halloween party so I also added a few drops of red dye which gave it a fancy port-wine look. This cheese ball got devoured at my party and received many compliments. Delicious! Thank you!!!:);) Read More
(40)
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
This was very well-received. I halved the recipe but used 8 oz. cream cheese and 10 oz. sharp cheddar that I grated myself, and I omitted the oil. I also rolled it in a combo of caraway and walnuts, because I ran out of caraway seeds, but I wish I'd had enough of them because the way it looks in the picture above is so unique. I would definitely make this tasty cheeseball again, or I would run with the idea of adding caraway seeds to my usual recipe. Thank you! Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2010
I made several different cheese balls for a large holiday party and this one went FAST! Yesterday I made this again and didn't have Dijon so I used horseradish..very tasty. I also used a mix of caraway and parsley to roll it in just for color. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2010
This was good. I put an extra teaspoon of caraway inside the cheese ball but thougt rolling it in more caraway would be too intense so instead I rolled it in chopped nuts and parsley. Good flavor and very easy to put together. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2010
This was an easy unique and delicious cheese ball. Very rustic in flavor; if you are ambivalent about caraway though this is not for you! The flavor is intense. I think next time I would use a very sweet ruby port instead of the sherry. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
This was my first attempt at making a cheese ball. (Always wondered how they were done.) I found this to be a very easy recipe and it turned out really well. The cheese ball received numerous compliments as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2011
Fantastic! Great recommendation. I'd never made a cheese ball before either did put a bit of extra Caraway into it and made it at Thanksgiving. Everyone ate so much they almost didn't eat any turkey! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2011
This was very popular with the guests that liked Caraway seeds. I did modify it a bit by putting only 2 tbsp of caraway and 1 tbsp of poppy seeds around the ball. But this is a very very good ball of cheese. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2017
I made this to put in my son's birthday food basket. I didn't have any dry sherry but I did add pinot grigio a dry white wine. I also had some poppy seeds which I added a tsp. to the coating. Read More
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