Okay. The title might seem a bit pretentious, but would anyone really look at Cheese Ball XXXVIII? This is a delicious variation on the holiday cheese ball that has been in my family for close to 40 years. It is perfect served on crusty bread or crackers. One of the nice things about most cheese ball recipes is the versatility. If you want a spicier ball, try substituting a 1/2 cup of pepper jack for the Cheddar. Don't like bacon? Use Nova lox instead. Don't like dill? Fugedabowdit! Dill makes this recipe sing! But you can play with the herbs used in the cheese ball. Who doesn't like playing with their food? Serve with crackers or a good bread. Also goes well as a spread for crudites.

Doc Simonson
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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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  • Mix cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, salad dressing, green onions, bacon, 1 teaspoon dill, thyme, black pepper, kosher salt, Worcestershire, and cayenne pepper in a bowl until ingredients are evenly distributed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.

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  • Refrigerate cheese mixture for 2 hours.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon dill and parsley in a small bowl; spread onto a clean work surface.

  • Shape cheese mixture into a ball; roll in dill and parsley to coat.

Nutrition Facts

134 calories; 12.2 g total fat; 36 mg cholesterol; 262 mg sodium. 1.7 g carbohydrates; 4.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2012
Ok. I'm stacking the deck in my favor. It's my recipe and I really like it. It is creamy tangy and has a great texture with the bacon and green onions. The flavor that develops is so deep and delicious. It is one of my favorite appetizers for the Holidays but I will make it anytime. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2015
Maybe I'm just not a cheese ball fan... I followed this recipe exactly but doubled it because I made two. I brought it to a french-themed dance at the high school with over 250 students. A few teenage boys tried a little on croissants but I ended up bringing almost all of it home. Let's just say it wasn't popular. Now I have both in the fridge hoping my husband will eat it tomorrow while watching the Super Bowl so I don't end up having to throw them away.:( Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2012
Ok. I'm stacking the deck in my favor. It's my recipe and I really like it. It is creamy tangy and has a great texture with the bacon and green onions. The flavor that develops is so deep and delicious. It is one of my favorite appetizers for the Holidays but I will make it anytime. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2012
Ok. I'm stacking the deck in my favor. It's my recipe and I really like it. It is creamy tangy and has a great texture with the bacon and green onions. The flavor that develops is so deep and delicious. It is one of my favorite appetizers for the Holidays but I will make it anytime. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2012
I pretty much just tried this because Doc was so confident about it. But I have to say it is great! I don't think I would change a thing but maybe a little less salt. But that is just my preference. Try it it is worth it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2013
Mmm..Mmm..Mmm!Very good.Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2014
I love this recipe! I usually end up doubling it and making two per holiday. I get lots of compliments people tell me that it is better then hillshire farms cheese balls. I do have some greenophobes in my family-they wouldnt touch anything that was that covered in green food so I mix the parsley and dill with bacon bits and roll it in that. Its a hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2012
Fantastic flavor!!! Sooooo easy and really pretty green color too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2014
I have made this three times for social gatherings and it's always a hit. I'm not crazy about it rolled in the dill as it's too dill heavy that way but rolled in nuts or just sprinkled with paprika would be fine. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2015
Maybe I'm just not a cheese ball fan... I followed this recipe exactly but doubled it because I made two. I brought it to a french-themed dance at the high school with over 250 students. A few teenage boys tried a little on croissants but I ended up bringing almost all of it home. Let's just say it wasn't popular. Now I have both in the fridge hoping my husband will eat it tomorrow while watching the Super Bowl so I don't end up having to throw them away.:( Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2017
I love this recipe. Very flavorful and the recipe is very versatile. For my vegetarian friends I substituted bacos for bacon and for my lactose intolerant friends I used non dairy cream cheese!! Delicious both times. Definitely a crowd favorite. I love the kick of the cayenne pepper. Read More