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Cheese Ball

Updated on July 19, 2013
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This cheese ball recipe has been in our family for many years. It was passed down to me by my mother-in-law, and I can't imagine a holiday without it! It is simple to make, versatile in its use, and always a crowd pleaser. I make it year-round for family reunions, bridal and baby showers, super bowl parties (shaped like a football, of course), Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I always serve it with a variety of options, including: club crackers, Triscuits, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, radishes, green peppers, red peppers and yellow peppers. My daughter also enjoys it with corn tortilla chips, and it makes a great alternative filling in cucumber sandwiches.

*I am generally not brand-specific, however, I find that Hormel dried beef provides the best taste.

My favorite way to make this recipe is actually to make two smaller cheese balls, instead of a single large one. It makes serving easier, and you can keep the second one cool in the refrigerator while the first is being enjoyed.

I also like to give these cheese balls as gifts for the holidays. I purchase a cute shaped cutting board and a cheese spreader. I wrap one ball in clear plastic wrap or place in a holiday container, place it on top of the cutting board along with the serving knife and I generally add fruit, a small gift, etc. to garnish. Then I wrap it all in holiday plastic wrap and add a bow.

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  • 3 (8 oz) Cream Cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 2 (2.5 oz) * Hormel Dried Beef, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch Green Onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tbs Accent Flavor Enhancer
  1. Place softened cream cheese in a glass bowl, mix in Worcestershire sauce and Accent. Mix together. Divide in half.
  2. Divide the green onions into two equal piles, finely chop onions, tops and all.
  3. Divide the dried beef into 4 equal piles, finely chop each pile.
  4. Add 1 pile chopped green onions and 1 pile dried beef to each cream cheese mixture. Mix together and shape into a ball.
  5. Place one pile of chopped dried beef on waxed paper and roll one cheese ball in it until it is completed covered. Repeat with the other ball.
  6. Refrigerate about one hour for the flavors to marry.


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      Success Full 1 4 years ago

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      Success Full 1 4 years ago

      It is very good! Thank You!

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      Xeng 4 years ago from Philippines

      This is interesting. In the Philipines, we have Queso de Bola which literally translates to ball of cheese but it's exactly what its name suggests: it's just a ball of cheese! I bet your family's recipe i much, much better. I might be a little biased here because you just married two of my favorite stuff in the world-- cheese and beef. Voted up and sharing!:)

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      Success Full 1 4 years ago

      Thank you very much!

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Yummy recipe. Thank you sharing. Voted up.