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Ultimate Cheese Ball

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


2 cups

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


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup 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
  • 3 tablespoons real bacon bits
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • Assorted crackers


  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; refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers.

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  • PageRD
    Jan 2, 2016

    I like to serve a homemade cheese ball at my parties, so I've tried many recipes. This is now one of my favorites. My guests made quick work of this appetizer. I particularly enjoyed the flavor the pimentos and pickle relish added. It looks pretty too!