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Cheddar and Onion Cheese Ball

This Cheddar and Onion Cheese Ball is a classic party appetizer that's super flavorful, quick and easy to make, and sure to be enjoyed by everyone. Perfect for the holidays or any get-together!
Prep Time10 mins
Chill Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8 to 12 (approximately)
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup shredded sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese, yellow or white (I use white)
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • crackers, I use Wheat Thins

Instructions

  • Place cream cheese, cheddar cheese, dried minced onion, dried parsley, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Mix until well combined and smooth (I do this by hand, but you could use a mixer if you'd like).
  • Roll the cheese mixture into a ball (the best way to do this is with your clean hands).
  • Place the chopped walnuts on a plate or in a shallow dish. Roll the cheese ball in the nuts, pressing gently so that they adhere to the ball.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (this allows the flavors to meld and gives the minced dried onions time to soften up).
  • Let the cheese ball sit at room temperature for just a little bit before serving for the best spreadable consistency. Serve with crackers. Provide a butter knife or two so that guests can spread the cheese onto their crackers rather than digging into the cheese ball (which often results in broken crackers).

Recipe Notes

  • If you prefer the nuts to be a finer consistency, give them a quick chop with a knife or pulse them in the food processor a few times. 
  • If you would like to make the cheese ball a few days ahead of time, hold back on rolling in the nuts until the day you will serve it so that the nuts don't get soft.
  • Leftovers will last in the refrigerator (covered or in an airtight container) for up to 1 week.
  • Estimated calories is for the cheese ball only and does not include crackers, since that will depend on the kind of crackers you use. 
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