Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Balls Recipe
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Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Balls Recipe

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Your party will heat up once these bacon-coated mini cheese balls are on the table. Nicely spiced with red pepper flakes, they’re just the right size for nibbling.—Pamela Stepp, Dandridge, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:30 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

1 mini cheese ball (calculated without crackers) equals 96 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 182 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the first eight ingredients until blended. Shape into 1-1/4-in. balls.
  2. Place bacon into a small shallow dish; roll cheese balls in bacon. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Balls in Taste of Home February/March 2011, p21

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Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"Very tasty Recipe. I did make as directed and made small balls. I used a Tsp as a measure. Next time I'd make one large ball. Recipe can easily be halved.

Chilled Cheese before forming. Less fat cream cheese would work very well."

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"These are awesome. Instead of small balls, I make one big one and serve it with crackers. A crowd pleaser"

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"Delicious!!! I divided the mixture in half and made two medium cheese balls instead of 1-1/4-inch cheese balls."

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"bacon gives it a nice touch."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"I usually make this as one cheese ball; use a mixer to beat the cream cheese add remaining ingrediants then finely chop the bacon and roll the ball in the bacon to cover the ball."

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