Surprise Cheese Ball Recipe

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Ramen noodles are the secret ingredient in this savory appetizer. “This is great to take to school functions, church fellowships and family holiday gatherings,” says Phyllis Stanley of Avery, Texas. TIP: “If you’re in a hurry, don’t form it into a ball. Simply serve it right away as a spread for crackers,” Phyllis suggests.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 package (3 ounces) chicken ramen noodles
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 83 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 94mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, cream cheese, onions and contents of seasoning mix from ramen noodles; beat until fluffy. Finely crush the noodles. Add noodles and pecans to cream cheese mixture; mix well. Shape into a ball; roll in parsley. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers. Yield: 1 cheese ball (2-1/2 cups).
Originally published as Surprise Cheese Ball in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p21

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 155062
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"I thought this was OK, but not great; a little bland for my taste."

jayla50 User ID: 2454228 60636
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2009

"I made this, but I used 2 8 oz. pkgs. of cream cheese. 2 oz. would not set up enough to make a ball. What is the correct amount?"

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