- 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
- 1/2 medium onion, cut into wedges
- 2 cups (8 ounces) finely shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 slice Swiss cheese
- Assorted crackers
- Place ham and onion in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add cheddar cheese; pulse until blended. Add cream cheese; process until smooth.
- Shape cheese mixture into a football; press pecans into cheese mixture. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- Cut cheese into strips; arrange over top for laces. Serve with crackers. Yield: 4 cups.
Reviews for Ham-Cheddar Cheese Ball
"Superbowl isn't so popular in Guadalajara, Mexico, where soccer is king. I made this today, leaving out the ham for our vegetarian guests, but found it a bit bland. So we tossed in some canned chipotles and fresh cilantro for zip, processed it all and shaped the football. The younger crown ate it with corn ships and absolutely loved it! Great idea, fun recipe. Thanks!"
"This is very tasty. I served to a few guys watching a football game. They loved it! I would definitely make it again. Might add a little kick to it like worcheshire sauce next time. Pecans were a nice addition."