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Made with three types of cheeses and a little bit of “everything” else, this holiday cheese ball recipe is a party guest favorite. This recipe makes two cheese balls, one to serve now and another to share.

This week, my husband and I are both invited to separate “bring-a-dish” holiday events, and we’re sure not interested in cooking twice.

Made with three types of cheese and a little bit of "everything" else, this homemade cheese ball recipe is a party guest favorite. The recipe makes two cheese balls, so you can serve one and share one. (Content for 21+) #ad #WhenToWine

Who has time for complicated kitchen shenanigans this busy time of year?

So, I’m making this easy cheese ball recipe — because it’s everybody’s favorite and it makes two party-sized cheese balls.

Made with three types of cheese and a little bit of "everything" else, this homemade cheese ball recipe is a party guest favorite. The recipe makes two cheese balls, so you can serve one and share one. (Content for 21+) #ad #WhenToWine

Add a box of crackers and a bottle of wine, and you’re party ready.

With so many holiday obligations, why make things hard on yourself with complicated recipes and party plans? A simple recipe like this leaves time for the more important aspects of the holiday season… like sharing fun meals, memories and wine with special friends and family.

Made with three types of cheese and a little bit of "everything" else, this homemade cheese ball recipe is a party guest favorite. The recipe makes two cheese balls, so you can serve one and share one. (Content for 21+) #ad #WhenToWine

My friend, Amy, shared this cheese ball recipe with me 15 years ago after she brought it for the annual “Goodie Day” celebration at our office. Goodie Day was a big deal at the newspaper where we worked, and this cheese ball with everything was always one of the most-requested recipes. And there were never any leftovers at the end of the day.

We invited some old newspaper friends and others over for a casual Christmas get-together recently. Amy’s cheese ball made the menu lineup for several reasons:

  • It’s simple and quick to make
  • It’s darn tasty
  • It’s always popular
  • It looks festive

Made with three types of cheese and a little bit of "everything" else, this homemade cheese ball recipe is a party guest favorite. The recipe makes two cheese balls, so you can serve one and share one. (Content for 21+) #ad #WhenToWine

Cheese Ball with Everything
 
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Made with three types of cheese and a little bit of "everything" else, this homemade cheese ball recipe is a party guest favorite. The recipe makes two cheese balls, so you can serve one and share one.
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Recipe type: appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 cheese balls
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups grated Swiss cheese
  • Few dashes of hot sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • ¼ cup chopped white or yellow onion
  • 10 slices of bacon, crumbled
  • ½ cup pecan pieces
  • 2-3 Tablespoons parsley flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Mix cream cheese, shredded cheeses, sour cream, hot sauce, relish, onion and half the bacon together.
  2. Using wax paper, roll into two balls and refrigerate, covered, until firm.
  3. Made with three types of cheese and a little bit of "everything" else, this homemade cheese ball recipe is a party guest favorite. The recipe makes two cheese balls, so you can serve one and share one. (Content for 21+) #ad #WhenToWine
  4. Remove from the refrigerator and coat in a mixture of remaining bacon crumbles, pecans, parsley and poppy seeds.
  5. Made with three types of cheese and a little bit of "everything" else, this homemade cheese ball recipe is a party guest favorite. The recipe makes two cheese balls, so you can serve one and share one. (Content for 21+) #ad #WhenToWine
  6. Refrigerate several hours.
  7. Serve at room temperature with crackers.

Made with three types of cheese and a little bit of "everything" else, this homemade cheese ball recipe is a party guest favorite. The recipe makes two cheese balls, so you can serve one and share one. (Content for 21+) #ad #WhenToWine

During the holidays, I love to keep delicious appetizers like this cheese ball on hand to serve at those impromptu get-togethers with friends and family.

Made with three types of cheese and a little bit of "everything" else, this homemade cheese ball recipe is a party guest favorite. The recipe makes two cheese balls, so you can serve one and share one. (Content for 21+) #ad #WhenToWine

I also stock up on my favorite Gallo Family Vineyard Wines varietals, like Cabernet Sauvignon and Moscato, for effortless entertaining.

Take a peek behind the scenes of a beautiful holiday home tour to see what's really involved in decking the halls for Christmas. There's lots of glitter and bins and mess, just like at your home. But this holiday survival guide has some good tips for managing the stress and chaos of holiday decorating and approaching it in a systematic way. #ad #WhenToWine

Visit Gallo Family Wines to find out where to buy these varietals and others. Also, be sure to visit the Gallo Family Vineyards Facebook for more holiday entertaining ideas. And don’t forget to pin the cheese ball recipe.

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Comments

  1. There is something about cheese balls that I just gravitate too. They are so easy to make and darn good. Plus addicting! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link Party.
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  2. I am a big fan of cheese balls and this one looks delish! Thanks for sharing it with us at Funtastic Friday linky party! I chose this post as one of my “favorites” to feature in this week’s party!

  3. I love curling up with a glass of wine, crackers and a tasty cheese ball during the winter months. These look delicious, and perfect for my upcoming Game Day Party. Thanks for sharing. I Pinned this post!

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