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 (0g sugars, 0g 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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cherylyoung 216868
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

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

wccat 27127
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."

BlaineL 20773
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"

rshatz99 29800
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."

mstajackson 53812
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2013

"Super easy and always a crowd pleaser"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"I used 3/4 tsp. fresh ground garlic pepper instead and also as others had suggested added the bacon to the cheese ball, then rolled it in parsley before serving. AWESOME!!!!"

bookmaus 29799
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"This, along with the Holiday Cheese Ball, was my first time making a cheese ball. It was devoured within 45 minutes of putting it on the table."

AangelH87 20761
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"I like to grate cheddar cheese because it mixes into the cream cheese better. I also just mix the bacon pieces into the ball, that way every one gets bacon with their cheese."

cynthiaelliott 25058
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"I made this as one on my appetizers for a large group. it was very good. Most cheese balls are rolled in nuts preventing allergy sufferers from having some. This was great because these people could actually enjoy this appetizer. I would recommend it to others."

FACSteacher 26551
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2011

"I served this with 2 other appetizers so it didn't get all eaten but it was over half gone. I did steam the broccoli first just because I prefer the flavor of cooked to raw. I also added some Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning and paprika just to add a little spice. Otherwise, this was good. I'll make it again sometime but not as a 'go-to'."

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