This cheese ball is one our family has had and used for 20 years. We love it. It's simple, and most of the ingredients are kept on hand. Roll it in nuts or parsley, if desired. Serve with an assortment of crackers.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
2.5 cups
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese, mayonnaise and lemon juice concentrate. Mix in Cheddar cheese, onion and green olives. Form the mixture into a ball shape. Cover and chill in the refrigerator 3 hours, or until firm, before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

95 calories; protein 3.7g 7% DV; carbohydrates 0.7g; fat 8.7g 13% DV; cholesterol 24.3mg 8% DV; sodium 208.8mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
One thing I did is instead of 1 spoonful of mayonaise I substitute sour cream and found that alot less messy and for those who dont like the mayo it is much better. Other than that. Fantabulous!! Thanks Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/01/2008
My cheese ball was clumpy. It tastes ok but when I think of cheese balls I think the inside creamy complex flavors and crunchy outside. This one just didn't impress me. Hope I'm not becoming a snob. Read More
(2)
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
One thing I did is instead of 1 spoonful of mayonaise I substitute sour cream and found that alot less messy and for those who dont like the mayo it is much better. Other than that. Fantabulous!! Thanks Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This is delicious! Really good and I think the lemon juice and little bit of mayo added some nice subtle flavors. Everyone loved it at Christmas. I rolled it in some chopped up parsley put it on a nice plate and it was very pretty. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2005
I took this to a party and everybody loved it! This recipe is delicious!! The only change I made to the recipe was I added some onion powder and I rolled my cheese ball in chopped pecans. If you like green olives then this is the cheese ball for you-- Super!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2009
I'm a huge olive lover but unfortunately, the friends I roll with aren't! To please the masses, I have taken to substituting the olives for half a 250ml jar of (chopped) Old El Paso pickled jalapenos and it's an absolute hit every time I make it! It's got quite the kick, but people REALLY love it. I've made this at least 25 times now and I have to say that using old or sharp cheddar is a MUST, as is serving with original Ritz crackers. Try this recipe and it WILL be requested by all who eat it - especially if they like it hot! Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2010
Be sure to give this cheese ball enough time in the fridge for the flavors to come together! The texture is a little chunky as another reviewer mentioned but I added extra ingredients so I can't say for sure if the original recipe would be as chunky. I didn't have any fresh onion on hand so I had to use onion powder but I added in some diced sundried tomatoes in olive oil. I think this really brought some beautiful color as well as an extra dimension of smooth/salty flavor to the recipe. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2009
I make this often for church functions and it is always a hit. I serve it as a spread rather than a "ball". I love the recipe the way it is - but I had some freshly made horseraddish and decided to add 1 T. Wow - it really kicked it up a notch! (I also used dried chopped onions - 1 T - instead of the chopped onion. They also worked well.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2008
This recipe was a HIT at my christmas party everyone LOVED it thanks so much Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2004
If you like olives you'll love this cheese ball. When I described it to people they were hesitant to try it but ended up devouring it. I didn't even have time to roll it in anything - I just molded it in a dome shape on a platter and surrounded it with crackers. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2012
I took this to our local Elks Lodge where I was volunteering as a bartender. This was inhaled. Everyone just loved this recipe. It was easy to make and a huge hit. Thank you so much for posting Read More
(4)
Rating: 3 stars
01/01/2008
My cheese ball was clumpy. It tastes ok but when I think of cheese balls I think the inside creamy complex flavors and crunchy outside. This one just didn't impress me. Hope I'm not becoming a snob. Read More
(2)
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