bacon cheese ball

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
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By Lynn Dine
from Tampa, FL

Great cheese ball for any party or tailgating! Who doesn't love cheese and bacon? Make sure to use fresh crispy cooked bacon, not imitation or store bought bacon bits. Also, allow enough time for the ball to chill and flavors to meld before serving.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Cheese balls are a staple at holiday parties and this one must be on the menu. With bacon and cheese, what is there not to love about this yummy cheese ball? It has smokiness from the bits of bacon throughout and seasoned to perfection. This easy appetizer is going to go fast.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 3 Reviews
serves 12
prep time 30 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For bacon cheese ball

  • 1 pkg
    cream cheese, 8 oz.
  • 1/4 c
    grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c
    shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp
    Lawry's seasoned salt
  • 1/8 tsp
    cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2 sprig
    green onions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 c
    chopped, cooked bacon (about 5-6 slices)
  • COATING/TOPPING
  • 1/4 c
    shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 c
    cooked, chopped, crispy bacon (roughly 2-3 slices)

How To Make bacon cheese ball

  • Combining cheeses and seasoning in a bowl.
    1
    In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, shredded cheddar, and garlic until blended.
  • Adding additional spices, scallions, and bacon bits to the cheese mixture.
    2
    Stir in spices, bacon, and green onion.
  • Shaping into a ball.
    3
    Shape into one large ball or three mini balls. Wrap cheese balls in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.
  • A bit of the bacon cheese ball on a cracker.
    4
    Just before serving (at least 30 minutes), remove from refrigerator and unwrap from the plastic. Mix together the coating (bacon & cheese) and then roll chilled cheese ball in the coating until it is all covered. Serve with crackers, pretzels, veggies etc.
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