Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball Recipe
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Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball Recipe

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Meet the Cook: Needing a quick appetizer one night when dinner was running late, I combined a few leftovers into this easy cheese ball. For variety, you can shape it into a log, or substitute favorite herbs for the pepper. My husband and I are the proud parents of two children, Kenton, 6, and Katie, 4. -Tamara Rickard, Bartlett, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped broccoli florets
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 72 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (trace sugars, trace fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, cheddar cheese and pepper until blended. Stir in broccoli. Shape into a ball and roll in bacon. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball in Country Woman July/August 1999, p29

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Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"A good go to recipe. Has a really good taste & was liked by everyone. The broccoli was a nice change."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

"I brought this to an office party and within 30 mins it was completely gone. I did spice it up a bit, I added 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 tsp season salt, and 3 strips of bacon."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"I doubled the recipe for a party with 20 people, and it was almost all gone! I substituted garlic powder for the pepper, and it was delicious. My guests were excited that it was rolled in bacon instead of nuts"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"Used finely shredded Mexican 4 cheese blend, need to make 2 at a time it goes so fast.

Super easy and quick to make, love it."

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2013

"Super easy and always a crowd pleaser"

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