Easy Recipe for the Optional Cheese Ball

Optional Cheeseball for Special Guest
Optional Cheeseball for Special Guest | Source

For every holiday or special occasion, I am asked to bring my cheeseball. It is usually the first “dish” to disappear. People start eating it before the meal begins. Even the kids are sneaking in to get a bite of the “favorite cheeseball.” It is a tasty appetizer that cost very little money but brings much joy.

"Optional?" you might ask. Well, I have a cheeseball recipe that can be altered to your taste. You can make the cheeseball for any occasion or holiday and be a great success. You will not have a bite left after your gathering. You do risk not being invited if you do not make this delicious appetizer.


Step 1

I create my base, which includes two packages of cream cheese, sliced onion, and a teaspoon of Accent. It makes it easier to stir and fold in ingredients if you take it out of the package and let it sit in your mixing bowl for 20 – 30 minutes. If you do not have the 20 – 30 minutes, stick it in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds, but keep an eye on it. You want it to keep its shape, and you do not want it to liquidize.


Step 2

So, I use a fork and press into the cream cheese to soften it up. I add a little Accent at a time. Add the Accent, run the fork through it, add the Accent, run the fork through it and so on. I use this style of blending with each ingredient.


Step 3

Now I begin to add each of my “optional” ingredients. My favorite additions are sliced black olives and thin sliced ham or beef. You can buy olives that are already sliced or you can slice them yourself. First, a little at a time, I add the onions, then the olives, then the sliced meat. Whenever I place the onions and olives and sliced meat in the bowl, I use the fork to first press each ingredient into the cream cheese then I start folding them into the cream cheese by sliding my fork down the side of the bowl and folding the cream cheese over toward the middle then pressing my fork into the ingredients to make sure they are all evenly blended. I move my fork all around the bowl and fold in toward the middle several times as I add a little of each ingredient until it is all blended.


Step 4


Once all the ingredients are evenly blended, I take my fork and move it along the side of the bowl to keep it from sticking. I then place the plate I am going to use over the top of the bowl, hold the plate down, turn the bowl upside down, and let the cheese ball drop on top of the plate. I then use my fork to shape the cheese ball.

Step 5


I use either pecans or English walnuts and cover the cheeseball with them. They add flavor and are for decorative purposes. You want to be sure that those who are enjoying your cheeseball do not have a nut allergy. That is why the pecans and English walnuts are optional.

Note: I like to prepare my cheeseball the night before or the morning before I serve it so all ingredients have time to “marinade” in the cream cheese.


Optional Cheeseball Ingredients

2 packages of cream cheese (more if there are going to be many guest eating the cheeseball)

1 teaspoon Accent (I usually keep this at 1 tsp regardless of adding more cream cheese)

Sliced onion (to taste)

Sliced black olives (to taste)

Thin sliced ham or beef - diced


Optional Cheeseball ready to take to that special get-together.
Optional Cheeseball ready to take to that special get-together. | Source

More Optional Ingredients


Sliced green olives (either by themselves or with the black olives)

Drained can of green chilles

A package of ranch dressing mix

A package of dried onion or vegetable soup

Shredded cheese (your choice of which kind – I like the colby –cheddar mix)

I have used several combinations of these ingredients. For instance, when I know someone does not like olives, I use the package of dried ranch dressing. Or, if I know someone is a Vegetarian, I leave the meat out. Sometimes I increase or decrease the cream cheese, depending on how many people are going to be there. The cheeseball is so loved that I usually have to stick with at least two packages.

I am sure you could personalize this cheeseball with your own favorite ingredients. You have the base, and there are multiple possibilities and combinations. Don't forget your favorite cracker. Have fun with it and enjoy.


© 2011 Susan Holland

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Voted up & useful


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Manthy! I hope you give it a try. You will love it!! :-)


Lori 5 years ago

Mmm.Cheezilicious!


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Cmkrakora 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

This sounds amazing! I love cheese :)


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hey Cmk! The choice is yours too!! Experiment and Enjoy!! Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

This sounds so good especially with black olives and ham Yummmm Thanks for sharing


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hey Charlu! It is delicious! I hope you try it. Thanks for commenting!! :-)


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TrueWickless 5 years ago from Houston, TX

Sounds like a delightful recipe. I will have to try it out this Thanksgiving. Thank you for following me on the http://TrueWickless.com articles page:)!


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, TrueWickless! It's a big hit at all my get-togethers. Thanks for following me and for dropping by my hub. :-)


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Sounds great - I might use thinly sliced roast beef and a dash of Worcestershire Sauce! :) Voted up!


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Oh, that sounds delicious!! Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Heyyyy! I am going to use your ideas for this Sunday! Don't have to tell you what that is all about:) lol I do a similar kind - I use the pressed meat in corned beef flavor and chopped green onions. I want to try adding the nuts and another using your great idea for nuts and olives! Thanks SO much - this is A+++! Sharing everywhere:)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Chopped green onions are WONDERFUL in this cheese ball!! I will have to try the corned beef!! It is the "Optional Cheese Ball" after all. YUM!! Have fun Sunday! :-)

Thanks for dropping by!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is one of my favorite party foods. I like to try all the receipies I can. Excellent!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Tammy! I hope you like it. We LOVE IT!! :-)

Thanks for dropping by!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Sholland10,

Thanks for this recipe hub--it sounds delicious. And I will surely try it. With six nephews at Christmas and Thanksgiving it will be a treat to give them something new.

Thanks,

Bobbi


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Oh Bobbie, I hope you try it before the holiday seasons. You can cut the recipe in half. It is such a wonderful snack/appetizer/meal(lol)...

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Looks like great ingredients! Bookmarking for future parties. Voted up and useful! thanks, Susan!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Vicki! I hope you enjoy it. It is a treat! :-)

Thanks for dropping by and the votes!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Mmm, now see, it was worth it to come over and check this out. I'm going to have to bookmark for future reference - so I can make this stuff! :D


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Cclitgirl, ENJOY! There are so many different ways to make it, so you can please everyone! :-)

So glad you came over to check it out!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I was looking for something to make for this weekend and I think I'll try this recipe. Thanks!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Susan!! ENJOY!! :-)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm voting for the meat and onions in the cheese ball. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Teresa Coppens 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Making this one for sure. It has been a while since I've made one. Your recipe sounds so good. It will be part of my Christmas celebrating for sure.


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Teresa, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. I have been told not to show up without the cheeseball. LOL

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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HLPhoenix 3 years ago

Very timely... just found out I have to bring an h'd for New Years Eve... sounds delish and easy. Thanks so much and have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Love this hub! So many options!They look so tasty!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

HL, it is easy and always a big hit! I've made four for Christmas get-togethers already.

Thank you, it has been a blessed Christmas!! I hope yours has been blessed,too, and that you have a very Happy New Year!!

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Vicki!! I always have great luck with it.

I hope you have had a blessed Merry Christmas and will have a very Happy New Year!!

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I can see why this is a favorite. I do love the taste if cream cheese mixed with nuts and sliced ham. I'm coming over!!


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sholland10 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

My Super Bowl gang loves it. I don't dare show up without it! Come on over and join us!! :-)

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