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Gorgonzola & Cranberry Cheese Ball Recipe

Gorgonzola & Cranberry Cheese Ball Recipe

A cheese ball is a classic appetizer to take to any gathering, and it's so easy to make. This version, studded with tangy dried cranberries, is a holiday hit. —Kathy Hahn, Pollock Pines, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons each finely chopped onion, celery, green pepper and sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Assorted crackers


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine cheeses. Stir in the cranberries, vegetables and pepper sauce. Shape into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 274 calories, 22g fat (10g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 277mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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olliecrafoord User ID: 5281922 255623
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2016

"This was delicious and everyone loved it! I didn't add the celery because I'm not a fan and the only suggestion I got was to perhaps add some pecans to the inside as well. :)"

zootercat User ID: 1699403 242684
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"An excellent cheese ball recipe very similar to one I used make years ago. I did not add the celery and I did a very fine dice of the other vegetables. I also chopped the cranberries. I made a day ahead for flavors to meld together before rolling in the nuts. My guests raved about this recipe."

NCmama87 User ID: 8674681 241094
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"I'm surprised this has so many five star reviews. There are too many flavors in this and they don't go well together. I think this would taste much better without the celery, peppers and possibly the onion. Cranberries just don't go with raw celery, onions and peppers."

cupsandcakes User ID: 8185829 239707
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2015

"This is a delicious and easy cheese ball and the first I ever made. I will not return to store-bought cheese balls and logs now that I see how quick and easy and TASTY a homemade cheese ball can be. I used blue cheese instead of Gorgonzola (because it's what I had on hand). Whether accidentally or by design, I left out the celery. I had read reviews that it overwhelmed the other ingredients. I didn't miss it at all. Can't wait to share this at gatherings with family and friends this year and in the years to come."

[email protected] User ID: 1013164 239472
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"I made this with feta instead of Gorgonzola, had a yellow pepper so used that instead of the red and green, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It disappeared so fast and everyone wanted the recipe. Absolutely delicious."

dewflop User ID: 216755 239284
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"To tell the truth, a co-worker has been after me to make her a cheeseball. I thought if I found one with strange ingredients it would be so bad she would stop asking. No offense, I picked this recipe. After all, blue cheese, cranberries, hot sauce? Come on! Boy was I wrong! This is the best cheeseball I have ever made! Everyone at work loved it! Men and women. I followed the recipe to a "T". Celery, peppers, everything. Please don't pass this cheeseball recipe by. It's a must try! Even for doubters like me. Plus it's so easy to throw together!"

stgrmom User ID: 6828656 239203
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015

"I made this tonight for a party. Everyone really liked it. I did not add celery because I do not like it and I added about a tsp of Worcestershire sauce. Also I used maybe 1/3 cup blue cheese because I didn't want that flavor to be too strong. Will definitely make again, even my kids loved it!"

Wygal User ID: 3016226 217489
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"This recipe was a hit at our Thanksgiving get together, everyone loved it"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 187219
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"Love this!! The Gorgonzola is strong, but mellows out the next day. Will make again!!!"

bub2288 User ID: 4533556 168587
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"We share this with friends all the time. Always a huge hit!"

droach3 User ID: 7548171 168585
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"Great cheese ball! The flavor combinations are amazing! The strength of the Gorgonzola is cut nicely by the cream cheese and the pepper sauce is a nice touch for flavor but does not cause it to be spicy. Big hit this Thanksgiving and we will be making again and again. Please ignore any comments made by people who alter the recipe."

KayleenaB User ID: 6832276 102615
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"I made this for Thanksgiving. One I did not know how expensive Gorgonzola is, so I had to substitute with feta. It came out not bad but just a little stronger for me."

SarahV1 User ID: 1709918 211319
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"I always make this around the holiday season. Sometimes I'll make bite size balls instead of one big one, just for a little more elegant look on the platter. - Sarah Vasques"

khegeman User ID: 2379383 102614
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"So very good. Brought it to Thanksgiving dinner. Nothing was left."

khegeman User ID: 2379383 168561
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"Wonderful. Made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it; including the Tweens. Made one large ball, put a smaller ball on top for a head. Then we put stick pretzels in the large ball for feathers. Used a slice of red pepper for the gobbler and feet. Used an almond for a beak. Looked so cute and tasted yummy."

jerri2020 User ID: 5748946 145731
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012 Edited Jan. 5, 2016

"this was very good very easy i,ll make it again"

Didi10 User ID: 3860301 127748
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"Fantastic cheese ball. every morsel disappears ewith a request for recipe. First on my list to take to Parties. Minced the celery found all flavors blended well. definitely making again. De----licious!!!!"

umyaznemo User ID: 6384207 185408
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"Oh my god, totally delicious."

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 118826
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"I had no peppers on hand and decided to leave out the celery too. Instead of finely chopping onion, I used 2 tsp. of dried minced onion which I reconsituted in hot water first. I made this into a log rather than a ball, and I toasted the nuts before chopping. It came out excellent and I am sure to be making this again and again as it is so festive for holiday time."

Italy04 User ID: 5166579 118824
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"Wow. This is easy and so good, a real crowd pleaser. I made it for superbowl, only 6 of us, and we ate the whole thing! Even my husband who is not a fan of gorgonzola, loved this cheeseball. The cranberries balance the gorgonzola perfectly. I will make this again and again. Delicious!"

CWOCN User ID: 4346648 116912
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"Especially good on pepper crackers"

Patricia Kennedy User ID: 3813425 116910
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"easy and tasty, followed recipe and would not change anything"

macismom User ID: 4559236 168559
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"This was fantastic and couldn't be any easier. I would definitely make it again and this time I might add a tiny tiny bit of finely minced jalapeno, but just as the recipe is...if SUPERB!!"

CathyRae User ID: 1786259 104156
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"Delicious and very festive. I found all flavors to be equally balanced. Didn't change one thing. Will definitely make again."

asnunez User ID: 2408742 187217
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"Made it the way the recipe said. The celery was just too much. It took over the taste. I will definitely make it again, but without the celery the next time"

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