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Ham-Cheddar Cheese Ball

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling


4 cups

With the classic combo of ham and cheese, this spread is a year-round favorite at our house. For football parties, shape the mixture into a football and add strips of Swiss for the laces. —Michele Moore, Mooresville, Indiana
Ham-Cheddar Cheese Ball Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 slice Swiss cheese
  • Assorted crackers


  1. Place ham and onion in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add cheddar cheese; pulse until blended. Add cream cheese; process until smooth.
  2. Shape cheese mixture into a football; press pecans into cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. Cut Swiss cheese into strips; arrange over top for laces. Serve with crackers.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers): 108 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 162mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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