Almond Cheese Ball

11.26.2011

Are you looking for a simple, delicious, fancied up traditional holiday side?  Or the perfect gift for friends to enjoy (that they wont just toss in the trash and pretend they loved it =)?  I love cheese balls because my mom would make cheese balls every Christmas when I was young and take them around as gifts.  This recipe is something new and exciting with its flavorful blend of cheeses, its zesty ranch seasoning and its salty crunchy bacon and almonds.  I love adding a twist on a classic!  I also love how quick and easy this recipe is.  I made this for people to munch on at a Thanksgiving gathering and everyone loved it!

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Almond Cheese Ball

Yield: 8 lb cheese ball just kidding, it just seems like it =)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup salted toasted almonds , chopped
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
  • 1 (8 oz) package Neufchatel cheese
  • 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese , finely grated (I use mild)
  • 3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese , finely grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese , finely grated
  • 6 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp ranch dressing mix
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place almonds on a large plate or cutting board, set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in large mixing bowl. Blend well with a fork. Form mixture into a ball and roll ball over almonds coating all sides. Chill in refrigerator overnight. Serve with crackers.

4 comments

  • Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen: I have never had anything close to this ever before! looks like a bite! November 27, 2011 at 3:12pm Reply

  • Purabi Naha: This is so good! Loved the way you presented the cheese ball, with those biscuits around! November 27, 2011 at 9:01pm Reply

  • Pamela G.: This looks like something new to try. I love almonds and surprisingly you never seem to see them on cheeseballs except for the one that is suppose to look like a pinecone or a porcupine or something along that line. Everyone in my family loves nuts. I too grew up with a mother who made cheeseballs EVERY both as gifts and for the holiday parties. I had a lot of older relatives growing up and they were LONG past the days of more “stuff”, especially anything knickknack or kitchen items or all sorts of things people tend to get as gifts as Christmas. So, each year I would do up gift baskets of cheeseballs, crackers, favorite candies, little cocktail breads (my aunt Zelda loved those little cocktail rye breads and counted on me for her cheeseball and little breads and hard candy). Christmas seems a little more empty each year without having those baskets to make every year. One year in college I made stuffed Christmas trees for EVERYONE I knew. My parents and brother helped one evening and we had a production line in our family’s basement rec room where my mom’s laundry/sewing room was. We had a bar and we had all the trees lined up on it. It was a fun memory. I think this year I’m going to have to begin making cheeseballs again. July 14, 2017 at 7:24pm Reply

  • Pamela G.: p.s. I got so caught up in thinking about Christmas I forgot the entire reason I was writing a comment. I wanted to ask, what is the REAL yield amount since we all know its not REALLY an 8 pound cheeseball, we only wish it were. July 14, 2017 at 7:28pm Reply

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