Monster Ball

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Using a variation of the Yummy Cheese Ball recipe found on this site by TABKAT, this ghoulishly good cheese ball has become a part of our family's Halloween tradition! It's as much fun to make as it is to eat! This recipe is even better if allowed to stay refrigerated for a day or two before decorating and serving. Serve with buttery crackers or fresh veggies.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
2 cheese balls

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bacon

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 4 green onions, diced, tops reserved

  • 3 cups shredded red cabbage, or to taste

  • 4 pitted green olives

  • 20 black olives

  • 2 slices red bell pepper

  • 20 very small pieces red bell pepper

  • 2 pepperoncini

Directions

  1. Cook and turn bacon in batches in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain, cool, and chop bacon into small pieces.

  2. Stir cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, diced green onion, and bacon pieces together in a bowl until well combined. Form cheese mixture into two balls, wrap each with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or up to 3 days.

  3. Remove cheese balls from refrigerator 1 hour prior to decorating. Decorate cheese balls using red cabbage for hair, green olives for eyes, pepperoncini for nose, red pepper for mouth, black olives for toes, red pepper for toe nails, and reserved green onion tops for ears.

Cook's Note:

You can mince a clove of garlic and use in place of garlic powder, if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

408 Calories
30g Fat
19g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 408
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 805mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 290mg 1,451%
Calcium 240mg 18%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 691mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.