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Party Cheese Ball

Party Cheese Ball

Known to frequent holiday open houses, this creamy appetizer with a nutty exterior doesn't stick around long. Which is exactly why you'll want to keep this recipe handy.

Prep time15 min
Total time3hr 15min
ServingsMakes 3 cups cheese spread, or 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.
  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped onions
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped red bell peppers
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • RITZ Crackers
  • Beat cream cheese and cheddar cheese in medium bowl with mixer until blended.
  • Add all remaining ingredients except nuts and crackers; mix well.
  • Refrigerate several hours.
  • Shape cheese mixture into ball; roll in nuts.
  • Serve with crackers.
Recipe Tips
  • Variation
    Prepare recipe as directed, using Neufchatel cheese and shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese. In addition, coat the cheese ball with chopped fresh parsley instead of the chopped nuts and serve with RITZ Reduced Fat Crackers.
  • Substitute
    Substitute pimentos for the red bell peppers and/or toasted chopped slivered almonds or finely chopped fresh parsley for the nuts.
  • Variation
    Mix cream cheese mixture as directed; shape into log or 24 small balls, each about 1 inch in diameter. Roll in nuts until evenly coated. Serve as directed.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 18g 
   Saturated fat 7g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 30mg 
Sodium 260mg 
Carbohydrate 12g 
   Dietary fiber <1g 
   Total sugars 2g 
   Added sugars 1g 
Protein 5g 
Vitamin A10 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Calcium8 %DV
Iron4 %DV
Potassium2 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV

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