Cheese Ball Recipe

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"My husband and I and our friends from church love to dig into this creamy, savory cheese ball," says Shelby Finger of Hickory, North Carolina. "It's an appealing addition to any snack buffet."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 8 slices (3/4 ounce each) fat-free sharp cheddar cheese, cut into thin strips
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup minced fully cooked lean ham
  • Fresh vegetables or reduced-fat crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 24 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 198mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 lean meat.


  1. In a bowl, beat the cheeses. Add onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and hot pepper sauce; mix well. Shape into a ball and roll in ham. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with vegetables or crackers. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Onion Cheese Ball in Taste of Home December/January 1998, p17

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bluegreenart User ID: 2221413 50296
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

"The ham creates a completely new taste for the cheese ball, very smooth and tasty."

cdaredhead User ID: 2004160 21082
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"Have made this one many times, always a hit."

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