This was SO good. Honestly I thought it might be too salty but it was perfect! I added the pecans to the mixture instead of rolling them onto the cheese ball. You can get very creative with the shape of the ball as well…I formed it into a pumpkin and added a stem to the top. It got rave reviews. Will definitely put this in my keeper list! Thanks!
Love this recipe!!! It is super easy to make, its creamy, delicious, and it’s something that everyone in my family will eat.
Delicious! Had this at a party and made it the next day at home…..some health modifications: I used fat free sour cream, reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, low fat cream cheese. Definitely use ranch DRESSING not DIP mix. I also added ~ 1/2 C tofu and decreased cream cheese by ~ 1/4 C. Couldn’t taste the tofu in the mix…
This is quick and simple to throw together and uses ingredients I generally have on hand. I made this to take to a family gathering and it was very tasty. I found that I actually liked this better after the flavors had a chance to meld together and the cheeseball warmed up a bit. I would definitely make this again!
This was a huge hit at our latest family gathering. It was a little bit salty for my taste, but that didn’t seem to slow anyone down.
This is one of our favorite appetizers for holidays. I make my own dry ranch dressing mix and use a full pound of sharp cheddar cheese. You can use reduced fat cream cheese and not even notice the switch. If you really want the ranch flavor to shine, make this a couple days beforehand and let it set in the fridge.
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix (such as Hidden Valley Ranch (R))
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/2 pound Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Mix the sour cream with ranch dressing mix in a bowl until smoothly combined. Add the cream cheese and Cheddar cheese to the bowl, and mix together with your hands until thoroughly blended. Chill the mixture for 5 minutes, then shape into a ball.
Place the pecans into a shallow bowl, and roll all sides of the cheese ball in the pecans to coat. Serve immediately.