Christmas Cheese Ball

Delicious Cheese Ball--so Easy to Make, so Easy to Eat

Image: Cheese Ball Covered in Chopped Walnuts
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A Cheese Ball Coated in Chopped Walnuts

Do you enjoy cheese balls? Oftentimes, at a gathering, the hostess serves a cheese ball with crackers. These look impressive coated with chopped nuts--and they make a great spread for crackers.

Cheese balls are very easy to put together and once you've made your first one, you'll wonder why you put off trying to do it for so long. They are so quick, you may find yourself making them for each gathering or whipping one up to take to a potluck.

A cheese ball is especially nice to serve at Christmas time--something a little special to add to the menu. It can be a focal point, surrounded by an assortment of crackers.

The Christmas cheese ball I'm sharing on this page is made with Hellman's mayonnaise; the addition of chopped walnuts gives it the wow factor.

I served this to my guests and they raved about it. By evening's end it was gone. I had to make another for a second batch of company.

you can make this ahead of time and chill before your company arrives, then all you do is place it on a platter--or, easier still, if you have a cheese ball server, you can simply use that. You will want to include a small knife for spreading the cream cheese.

Cheese Ball Recipe

  • 1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Hellman's mayonaise
  • 1/2 small tin ground ham or turkey (flake with fork)
  • 1/4 tsp. Tobasco sauce or hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. minced onion (or dried onion flakes or chopped chives)
  • 1-2 tsp. chopped parsley (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • a shake of paprika

Mixing Cream Cheese & Mayonaise

Image: Mixing Cream Cheese for a Cheese Ball
Image: Mixing Cream Cheese for a Cheese Ball | Source
  1. Mix cream cheese, mayo, and ham together
  2. Add Tabasco sauce, onion & paprika to taste
  3. Mix in parsley or pat around outside of cheese ball
  4. Coat the cheese ball with the chopped nuts until entire surface is covered
  5. Chill for a couple of hours

Adding Ham to Cheese Mixture

Making a Cheese Ball
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Easy-to-Make Cheese Ball, Perfect for Entertaining

Most people enjoy dips and spreads, especially around the Holidays and this one is a winner.

5 stars from 1 rating of Christmas Cheeseball

© 2007 Athlyn Green

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Athlyn Green 8 years ago from West Kootenays Author

The shortbread recipe is one of my favorites, as is the cheesecake and the Reeces Pieces squares.

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cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

Looks lovely will try it out soon. Cheese and Ground meat sounds lovely. Cheers.

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Athlyn Green 9 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Thanks and Merry Christmas, everyone.

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MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

Saved and printed for Val to make for New Year. Christamas day is happening to day monday

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Veronica 9 years ago from NY

I especially like this, because I've had to eliminate a lot of cheeses from my diet to watch my cholesterol. Mayo, and cream cheese in moderation are allowed. So I can actually have this! Yay!

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Athlyn Green 9 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Veronica. It it easy to make and makes a good cracker spread. The nuts really add something.

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Veronica 9 years ago from NY

This sounds yummy!

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