The cheese balls add a change to your pasta dinner. This is a great recipe that I got from my father. He made these while I was growing up and I loved them, now I want to share this with everyone.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 balls
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

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  • In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, flour, salt, vanilla, lemon zest and eggs. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg whites and sugar. Pour into the cheese mixture, and mix until well blended. Roll into balls about the size of a golf ball, and place in a glass baking dish.

  • Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown on top.

Nutrition Facts

129 calories; protein 5.5g; carbohydrates 11.4g; fat 6.9g; cholesterol 42.2mg; sodium 153.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (16)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2007
These cheese balls are GREAT!! Thanks for sharing:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/01/2007
There is no way to form a ball with a batter that runs off the spoon. Fortunately I got already suspicious before I wasted four eggs for the egg white mix and used the batter I had for a cheese cake recipe - which turned out great but was not what I wanted:-( Since I don't know what Italian Cheese Balls are (and none of my native Italian guests could tell me either) I wasn't sure if I just could add more flour?! Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 1 stars
06/01/2007
There is no way to form a ball with a batter that runs off the spoon. Fortunately I got already suspicious before I wasted four eggs for the egg white mix and used the batter I had for a cheese cake recipe - which turned out great but was not what I wanted:-( Since I don't know what Italian Cheese Balls are (and none of my native Italian guests could tell me either) I wasn't sure if I just could add more flour?! Read More
(22)
Rating: 2 stars
08/03/2006
I have it in the oven right now, but I followed the recipe exactly and there is no way to make it into balls because it comes out like a cake batter, so I just put it in a glass pan and I guess I will cut it into pieces. Maybe you should check the ingredients better, it should be drier. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2007
These cheese balls are GREAT!! Thanks for sharing:) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/23/2011
I would give it zero stars if I could. There is definitely something wrong with this recipe. I should have read the reviews before I made them. I was looking for a nice appetizer for Thanksgiving and this was a disaster. Making as directed there is no way to roll these into balls - the result is mostly liquid. I cooked them anyway to see how they would come out and it's not even worth serving as I would not even know how to serve them. I hope the author can make corrections. Very dissappointed that I spent time and money on ingredients for this recipe. Read More
(3)
Rating: 1 stars
02/23/2012
This recipe was missing something. I was unable to roll the 'balls'... I was very excited but left disappointed. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/19/2012
If you want cheese balls everyone is right on target -- the batter is too liquidy to make into balls. That said like others I simply baked them and they tasted pretty darn good. I did add an extras 8oz. of cream cheese in an effort to make the batter more solid. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/05/2012
this recipe is not what it is made up to be. They turned out more like cookies...No way could I form them into balls. Would not make this again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/22/2012
There is definantly something wrong with this. I believe it needs more flour. Would love to hear what bunnybutt did to get it to work. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/08/2013
I have no idea how anyone could make a ball from this. Maybe in a deep fryer like hush-puppies. I read the reviews and thought I could just bump up the dry Ingredients and make a ball no way. After about 3 1/2 cups of Bisquick its still way too loose to ball. To salvage the mess I added enough milk to turn it into a batter and baked it at 350 for around 35 min till it was browning on top. Everybody loved it. It turned out like a cheese cakey pan cake type cake. It was great with Blueberry Syrup Read More
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