This is one of those easy reliable recipes that never, and I mean never lets you down. You can trust this cheese ball. Share it. Take it to parties. Tell it your deepest darkest secrets. It’ll be there for you come rain or shine. Lisa, a friend from high school, shared this recipe with my family years ago and it has been a favorite. Especially as an appetizer during the holidays. For one, it is gorgeous with all the different colors that come from the celery, ham, and cheese. And then the flavor that comes when you combine all those foods . . . unbelievable!
1 8-oz. package cream cheese
1/3 c grated cheddar or Colby jack cheese
1/4 c chopped ham
1/4 c chopped celery
1/4 c chopped olives
1 t bacon bits
1 t minced onion
additional fine grated cheese or nuts for garnish
Ritz, Wheat Thins, Triscuit or other crackers
Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth. Add grated cheese, ham, celery, olives, bacon bits and minced onion. Mix until combined. Form into ball and roll in fine grated cheese or nuts. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1-2 hours minimum. Serve with crackers.
You can top crackers with a scoop of cheese ball, as long as you serve them immediately as the crackers tend to soften if left topped with cheese ball too long.
You can form mini cheese balls and roll them in crackers. You’ll love this option if you enjoy a ratio of more cheese ball than cracker.