How I Made My First Cheese Ball

How I Made My First Cheese Ball

****updated October 21, 2010****

I feel like Karen and Jack must’ve felt in Will & Grace. Remember when someone in the scene would say a seemingly innocent word that could easily be spun into a dirty word? Oh, how Karen and Jack would laugh.

Cheese ball.

(Withholding laughter.)

Tee hee.

And I’m back…

Some friends of ours recently hosted a lovely dinner gathering (there was bacon flavored ice cream involved; stay tuned for that one), and I was tasked with bringing cheese and crackers to the event. Since launching the Saucy Dipper, I’m not capable of bringing just cheese and crackers. I had to bring a cheesy dip! There was no other way.

I decided the event called for a special cheese ball. This cheese ball deserved toppings.

paprika and bacon for cheese ball toppings

But before I get into the recipe, I must share some fascinating cheese ball facts (still laughing a little).

  • Some say April 17 is National Cheese Ball Day.
  • The New York Times says the cheese ball got a bad rap during the days of shag carpet. Since the early 2000s, cheese balls have come back in style. Thanks fancy cheeses!
  • UrbanDictionary.com says several things about cheese balls. My favorite definition: “Someone, usually a male around his teenage years, who pretends to be funny. He uses mostly slapstick humor (usually involving the removal of his own clothing or the putting on of woman’s clothing), corny old jokes or in general just acts like a three year old.”

recipe for cheese ball

How to Make a Cheese Ball


*8 oz. cream cheese

*4 oz. blue cheese

*4 oz. cheddar cheese, grated

*1 bunch of green onions, chopped

*2 garlic cloves, minced

*2 tsp. salt (or more)

*1 1/4 cup toppings of your choosing (e.g., bacon, green peppers, paprika, walnuts, olives)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Do your best to break up blue cheese thoroughly. With you clean hands, shape the cheese mixture into a ball and place on serving platter. Use a knife to delineate sections for toppings. Sprinkle toppings and use a chopstick to gently push in place. Serve with crackers, pretzels, or veggies.

Download cheese ball with toppings recipe.

The assortment of cheese ball toppings is a good idea. I stand by that. But I think it’s best to stick with two to three toppings only. Five toppings meant there were only a few bites for each.  Of the five toppings, bacon and olives were the favorite (shocker).

toppings for home made cheeseball

9 Responses to “How I Made My First Cheese Ball”

  1. Monet says:

    I have never seen a cheese ball as beautiful as this! Most I’ve experienced are just rolled in nuts. I love the variety and I love the Will and Grace reference.

  2. Love Will & Grace. I guess my favorite sitcom today is Modern Family. I remember cheese balls when my Mom would make them – you did a great job!

  3. I love that show…and really love your cheese ball 🙂

  4. Sara says:

    Thanks for the cheese ball love, Magic of Spice and Lisa. Glad you came by.

  5. Marisa says:

    YUM! As self-confessed cheeseslut I am definitely all for a cheeseball. Even if it makes me giggle. 🙂

  6. Chung says:

    I have never heard of a cheeseball before this post! Your recipe says to mix the cheeses in a mixing bowl, but do you form it into a ball somehow before putting the toppings on? And then what do you do with the cheeseball? Dip chips into it? Please forgive my questions, but I what if I go to a party where there is a cheeseball and I don’t know what to do with it?!!! Looks tasty!

    • Sara says:

      Chung – You make me laugh, and you’re absolutely right. I missed a couple steps in my instructions! You mold the ball with your hands and place on a serving dish. We dipped this ball with crackers, but pretzels, pita, or veggies would work too.

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