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
- Place softened cream cheese in a glass bowl, mix in Worcestershire sauce and Accent. Mix together. Divide in half.
- Divide the green onions into two equal piles, finely chop onions, tops and all.
- Divide the dried beef into 4 equal piles, finely chop each pile.
- Add 1 pile chopped green onions and 1 pile dried beef to each cream cheese mixture. Mix together and shape into a ball.
- 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.
- Refrigerate about one hour for the flavors to marry.