Sesame Cheese Ball Recipe

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I came up with this cheese ball when I combined two favorite recipes. Unlike some cheese spreads that can be somewhat bland, this has a little zest. I make it for occasions throughout the year. —Brenda Baughman, Mansfield, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 20 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 83 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, celery, onion, garlic salt, seasoned salt and hot pepper sauce; beat until well blended. Shape into a ball; roll in sesame seeds. Cover and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers. Yield: 1 cheese ball (about 2-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Sesame Cheese Ball in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p30

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 83 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

I have been making this cheeseball for years. Sometimes I add a package of Knoor's vegetable soup mix. You may need to add some sour cream to make the consistancy right if you add the dry mix. I am making this recipe into individual cheeseballs about 1 inch in diameter for a Christmas party this year.

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