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Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball

Meet the Cook: Needing a quick appetizer one night when dinner was running late, I combined a few leftovers into this easy cheese ball. For variety, you can shape it into a log, or substitute favorite herbs for the pepper. My husband and I are the proud parents of two children, Kenton, 6, and Katie, 4. -Tamara Rickard, Bartlett, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    20 servings (2 tablespoons each)


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped broccoli florets
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Assorted crackers


  • Beat cream cheese, cheddar cheese and pepper until blended. Stir in broccoli. Shape into a ball; roll in bacon to coat. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate until serving.
  • Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons spread : 76 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • cherylyoung
    Jan 4, 2015

    A good go to recipe. Has a really good taste & was liked by everyone. The broccoli was a nice change.

  • wccat
    Nov 27, 2014

    I brought this to an office party and within 30 mins it was completely gone. I did spice it up a bit, I added 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 tsp season salt, and 3 strips of bacon.

  • BlaineL
    Sep 15, 2014

    I doubled the recipe for a party with 20 people, and it was almost all gone! I substituted garlic powder for the pepper, and it was delicious. My guests were excited that it was rolled in bacon instead of nuts

  • rshatz99
    Dec 23, 2013

    Used finely shredded Mexican 4 cheese blend, need to make 2 at a time it goes so fast.Super easy and quick to make, love it.

  • mstajackson
    Aug 22, 2013

    Super easy and always a crowd pleaser

  • Medic 716
    Sep 30, 2012

    No comment left

  • kennedy22
    Feb 2, 2012

    I used 3/4 tsp. fresh ground garlic pepper instead and also as others had suggested added the bacon to the cheese ball, then rolled it in parsley before serving. AWESOME!!!!

  • sdonoghue
    Dec 17, 2011

    No comment left

  • bookmaus
    Dec 14, 2011

    This, along with the Holiday Cheese Ball, was my first time making a cheese ball. It was devoured within 45 minutes of putting it on the table.

  • AangelH87
    Nov 19, 2011

    I like to grate cheddar cheese because it mixes into the cream cheese better. I also just mix the bacon pieces into the ball, that way every one gets bacon with their cheese.