This recipe is a take off of the popular spinach dip, however in a different form. This is a great addition to your holiday open house table.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the spinach, cream cheese, water chestnuts, vegetable soup mix, mayonnaise and Cheddar cheese until well blended. Form into a ball, and roll in chopped walnuts. If the mixture is too soft to form a ball, refrigerate for about 30 minutes to set. Wrap the cheese ball in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight to blend the flavors before serving with your favorite crackers.

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Nutrition Facts

355.8 calories; 11.2 g protein; 5.7 g carbohydrates; 81.9 mg cholesterol; 372.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2006
I made this for our Christmas Pokeno and it was sooo good! I shaped it into a Christmas tree and covered it with parsely flakes and nuts for the string of lights and red bell peppers for the ornaments. I was afraid it would be too soft to hold the X-mas tree shape but it held up beautifully!! I will be making this every X-mas! Thanks!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2007
it was ok i'll stick to the reg. spinach dip Read More
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105 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 76
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2006
I made this for our Christmas Pokeno and it was sooo good! I shaped it into a Christmas tree and covered it with parsely flakes and nuts for the string of lights and red bell peppers for the ornaments. I was afraid it would be too soft to hold the X-mas tree shape but it held up beautifully!! I will be making this every X-mas! Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2005
Thanks for all the nice reviews on this recipe. This is a recipe that I made up by modifying the popular spinach dip a few years ago it was successful with the people that I served it to so I thought that I would publish the recipe on this website. This recipe can be varied so much using ingredients that you like the most. I use either cream cheese or the 1/3 less fat cream cheese or sometimes a mixture of both and have had great results. I also have sometimes varied the shredded cheese depending on my mood ( I have used cheddar and co-jack with great results as well) I usually use Knorr's Vegetable soup packet (so whatever size that comes in is what I use) I also generally use pecans when I make it. (When I sent the recipe in for publishing I wasn't specific enough...I just said 1/2 cup chopped nuts...pecans walnuts or even toasted slivered almonds might work.) Like I said this is the type of recipe that you can vary the ingredients to come up with something that is entirely your own...that is the great thing about cooking! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2011
Wonderful appetizer! It's so easy to make and makes a great presentation! I used reduced fat cream cheese Hellman's light mayo and reduced fat Cheddar cheese so it was light on the waistline as well...but you could never tell by the taste! I also used Knorr vegetable soup mix and you could easily sub green onions for the water chestnuts. I served this with Roasted Vegetable Ritz Crackers and it was gone in no time! Thanks for great recipe SARAHB2! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2007
This is simply the best spinach dip I've ever come across. I tried making it into a christmas tree like one reviewer and it came out terrific. Took it to a Christmas potluck at work and people oooohed and aaaaahed and then devoured it. The parsley flakes actually added a nice spicy touch. I've made it for various other occasions and in other shapes most notably a fish for a Pisces b/day. I do add a small amount of chopped scallion just because I like the taste but I've omitted it too when I know people don't care for it. A fantastic recipe...thanks so much for posting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2005
I thought this cheese ball rocked and did my guests. People couldn't believe I had actually made it because it was so attractive as well as delicious. I couldn't find a.4 vegetable soup mix and I used a Lipton's Vegetable soup mix (they were out of Knorrs) and it was 1 oz. I think a.4 would not have been enough. I served with a variety of crackers and my guests gobbled it up. Actually I made two smaller balls instead of one large and I think that worked out better. In my opinion way more than 8 servings. I guess it depends on how much each person eats. I also used the "1/3 less fat" cream cheese. I was a little leary of the walnuts but they were excellent with the other flavors. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2011
This cheeseball is delicious! I made it for a Christmas party that I was hosting. Keep in mind that it makes a HUGE cheeseball it seemed more than twice as large as the normal cheeseballs you see at the store. Next time I will likely halve the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2008
Very good recipe. I only made a couple slight changes. I used mushroom herb soup mix and pepper jack cheese. I left out the onion soup mix because I wanted the other flavors to come through. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2007
I used this recipe to make a CHRISTmas setting for a group of CREAM CHEESE PENGUINS! How fun! I moulded the igloo out of it spread a thin layer of sour cream to camouflage the spinach and help the parmesan adhere to the igloo then I made some small Christmas trees out of the cheese ball recipe for the background just coated them in dill and dusted them with parmesan as well! My husband is a HUGE fan of the bread bowl filled with Knorr spinach dip and he LOVED this even better! I always have at least half the bread bowl left over. This year I made a double batch of this wonderful stuff and it was GONE! Guests said they recognized the spinach dip but this was a better tasting version! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2005
This was delicious! I have made the spinach dip using Knorr's dried veg soup mix and water chestnuts many a time so I really enjoyed making one of my all-time favorite dips into a cheese ball. So good I almost made myself ill eating so much of it!! Thank-you Sarah! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2007
it was ok i'll stick to the reg. spinach dip Read More
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