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Ultimate Cheese Ball Recipe

This cheese ball has been a requested favorite of family and friends for more than 30 years. If I ever bring a different appetizer to a party, people are disappointed! —Sue Franklin, Wentzville, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons real bacon bits
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon diced pimientos
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • Dash each salt and pepper
  • TOPPING:
  • 3 tablespoons real bacon bits
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Stir in the Swiss and cheddar cheeses, onion, bacon, pecans, pimientos, relish, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 2. In a small shallow bowl, combine the bacon, parsley, pecans and poppy seeds. Shape cheese mixture into a ball; roll in bacon mixture. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without crackers) equals 214 calories, 18 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 339 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.