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."
Recommended: Top 10 Cheese Balls
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 tablespoon: 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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