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. Scoop it up with 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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song_of_joy User ID: 4183124 260825
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"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!"

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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