Ham-Cheddar Cheese Ball Recipe
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Ham-Cheddar Cheese Ball Recipe

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A ham and cheese football studded with pecans is a favorite for game day, and it always gets compliments. Present it with assorted crackers. —Michele Moore, Mooresville, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers): 108 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 162mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Place ham and onion in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add cheddar cheese; pulse until blended. Add cream cheese; process until smooth.
  2. Shape cheese mixture into a football; press pecans into cheese mixture. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. Cut cheese into strips; arrange over top for laces. Serve with crackers. Yield: 4 cups.
Originally published as Ham-Cheddar Cheese Ball in Taste of Home September/October 2015, p45

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mrsh318 User ID: 3583996 252863
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2016

"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."

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