Best Cheese Ball Recipe

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A good Cheese Ball recipe is a necessity at any holiday party. The mix of cheddar, Mexican blend, and cream cheese formed into a classic cheese ball, with a layer of toasted almonds on the outside, is just too delicious. Everyone loves digging into these at parties, so make sure you have plenty of crackers to go along with this awesome appetizer.

cheese ball and crackers

Cheese Ball Recipe

This classic recipe is an absolute must at any holiday party. Serve this tasty ball of cheese with crackers on Christmas, Thanksgiving, or New Year’s Eve!

When I look back at holiday parties over the years, there’s one thing that always seems to make an appearance: A classic cream cheese ball! It’s my favorite appetizer to dig into with crackers while sitting at a party.

This is a blend of many cheeses (I used cheddar, a Mexican blend, and cream cheese), to create a soft, cheesy, flavorful mix. After forming the cheese into ball form, you roll on the toasted almonds or pecans for that beautifully crunchy outside layer. YUM! The perfect appetizer for game day, Christmas, or New Year’s.

This easy recipe won’t take long to make, and it won’t take long to eat either. These always seem to disappear first at parties because they are just SO GOOD.

Make this recipe for your next holiday party, game day, or any other get together. Guests will devour this classic appetizer!

classic cheese ball recipe covered in toasted almonds

Holiday cheese ball recipe with a layer of almonds

Best Cheese Ball Recipe for Holiday Parties

Whether you are preparing for a Thanksgiving feast, Christmas day, or a festive New Year’s Eve party, you HAVE to make a classic snack to serve. This appetizer should always make an appearance, even if it goes fast. It’s such an easy thing to make, and it’s absolutely delicious! Serve it on a cheeseboard with an array of crackers and everyone will devour it in a flash. It’s the most classic holiday appetizer!

step by step photos of how to make a cheese ball

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Wood board with a cheese ball and crackers

How to Make a Cheese Ball

This might look pretty fancy, but it is so easy to make. Just mix together all of your cheese, form a ball, and then roll on a layer of nuts. One of the great things about these is you can easily make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator so that it’s ready to go while you work on your the rest of your food.

More details:

  1. Use a mixer or food processor to combine all ingredients (except nuts)
  2. Wrap the cheese in plastic wrap to form into a ball
  3. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, and up to 24 hours
  4. Roll in toasted nuts
  5. Serve simply with crackers

You can store your cheese ball in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Just wrap in plastic wrap. If you want to freeze it, wrap it in plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil, then store inside of 2 re-sealable freezer bags. You can freeze it for up to 4 months, so you can save it for a future party.

A classic cheese ball served with stacks of crackers

Classic Holiday Recipe

This is by far the best appetizer recipe for all of your holiday parties, game day, or any time you need a little cheese in your life. It’s easy to make and it’s the perfect blend of cheeses. You can even add in some dried cranberries or bits of bacon to the outside layer if you want to get creative. Serve one of these and you will have a bunch of happy guests!

Watch the Video and See the recipe card below for details on how to make a Cheese Ball. Enjoy!

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