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
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:30 servings
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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 96 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 182mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g 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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Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 131528
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."

kjpage User ID: 3139982 177139
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

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

ilrsing User ID: 182822 193973
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."

bfify80 User ID: 3007375 182461
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"bacon gives it a nice touch."

stepppamela User ID: 2994085 194105
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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