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Bacon, Cheddar and Swiss Cheese Ball

When it’s time for a party, everyone always requests this ultimate cheese ball—it’s such an impressive appetizer. And if you’re a party guest, it makes a fabulous gift for your hosts.—Sue Franklin, Lake St. Louis, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep Time: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 cheese balls (4 cups)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon (about 12 strips), divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Stir in shredded cheeses, 1/2 cup bacon, 1/4 cup pecans, onion, pimientos, pickle relish, salt and pepper. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, mix parsley, poppy seeds and remaining bacon and pecans. Spread half the parsley mixture on a large plate. Shape half the cheese mixture into a ball; roll in parsley mixture to coat evenly. Cover. Repeat. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 116 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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  • PageRD
    Feb 20, 2020

    My guests raved about this cheeseball at a holiday open house. It makes two large cheese balls so I was able to have another for our family Christmas. Personally, I found the pickle relish overwhelming so I would leave that out next time.

  • Sheryl
    Apr 13, 2019

    I have made this for years, however I make approximate 1 1/2 inch individual cheeseballs and put a pretzel stick in each one for serving.. Trust me, your guests will love you even more.

  • suefalk
    Dec 3, 2017

    Addictive! A lot of ingredients, but they all work together. This requires a bit of work, however, it's a make-ahead dish. Your guests will love you for this one!

  • Musicmn63
    Nov 29, 2017

    This cheese ball is beautiful and tastes fantastic! I love the way the coating of fresh parsley, poppy seeds, bacon, and toasted pecans creates a splash of color to any appetizer display. My guests loved it and couldn't get enough of it. I followed the recipe with two exceptions. I added 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt. I'm new to making cheese balls so I was surprised that it was fairly labor intensive. (frying up a pound of bacon, cutting up fresh parsley, toasting nuts, chopping pimento. But it was all so worth it! I liked the fact that it made two cheese balls instead of one. That way....I had something to take to two different events in the same week. You should add this to your recipe to your collection! Yum!