My aunt served this and it was a request everywhere!! You can make it well ahead of your gathering, wrap in plastic and let it age a few days. It can look very pretty when served and will make a holiday favorite they will look for on your table.
Combine all ingredients omitting the beef. Roll mixture into a ball and then roll cheese ball in the chopped beef. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and chill.
Variations to roll the cheese ball in: nuts, diced black olives, fine chopped parsley, any favorite deli meat, shredded cheese. A thin sliced rough chopped provolone looks rustic with fresh made crackers.
Chill cheese ball overnight to blend flavors. Serve on a lettuce leaf with crackers, celery , lettuce leaf
This cheese ball can adapt to a light version with low fat cheeses. Roll the ball in dried herbs and save calories and still look and taste great.