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Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheese Ball

Cheese balls are such a hit during the holidays, and this easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheese ball is a classic holiday appetizer. The holiday cheese ball is the perfect food to bring to any party. If I am short on time, I use pre-made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat. 

Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. If I am short on time, I use pre-made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat. This is a great ranch cheese ball recipe.

I have to admit, I get weirdly nervous about making a cheese ball recipe. I see recipes that turn out beautifully, and then I give it a try, and it looks like I waded it up and pressed it all together, and no one wants to eat it.

But, this is the best cheese ball recipe and it turned out delicious. It was a quick and suuuuper easy to make. And, you know what? Prepare to be greedy and not want to share it, cause it’s that good. 

While I was making the cheese ball, my youngest son kept coming in to check out the progress, and to keep sticking his finger in the bowl to grab a swipe. He loved it.

So, if you’re making this for a party, you might want to hide it in the back of the fridge until it’s time to go, or you might go to grab it and it will be half eaten, because it’s so yummy!

You can also add pecans to this simple cheese ball recipe instead of walnuts, if you’d like.

Recipe and printable instructions at the bottom of the post.

Be sure to set your cream cheese out on the counter a couple of hours before you start the recipe. If you don’t, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s a lot easier to blend it all together if it’s room temperature, and soft. 

 

Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. I use pre made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat.

Add the two containers of cream cheese to a medium-sized bowl.

 

Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. I use pre made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat.

Mix the cream cheese to get it good and creamy. 

 

Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. I use pre made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat.

Add the dry ranch packet and parsley flakes and blend them in well. (You can add some garlic salt here, if you’d like. That’s optional. It’s already fairly salty, but the garlic salt adds a more salty flavor).

Add the walnuts and blend them in. 

I know it’s tough not to be able to stick your finger through the screen and get a bite. I’m sorry, I wish I could let you have a bite. 

 

Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. I use pre made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat.

Add the chives. I used my scissors to cut up the chives and then mixed them in. 

 

Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. I use pre made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat.

Add the shredded cheese and stir it in. While you’re stirring it in, scrape the sides, and start to create a ball. 

 

 

Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. I use pre made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat.

Tear off a piece of Saran Wrap and lay it out on the counter. Make sure you tear off enough to wrap it around the cheese ball.

Pour some walnuts on the Saran Wrap and spread them out. Next, pour the bacon on the Saran Wrap and spread it out. 

Set the cheese ball in the middle of the walnuts and bacon. Roll it around until it’s completely covered.

It’s still going to be a little mushy, and messy, but that’s ok. We’re not going for perfection, just yumminess.

 

Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. I use pre made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat.

Take the Saran Wrap and roll it up around the cheeseball. Once it’s wrapped up, you’ll be able to make more of a ball shape. And, believe it or not, it’s not that difficult to achieve. I was truly afraid mine would come out shaped like a lopsided hockey puck.

 

Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. I use pre made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat.

Once you get the cheese ball all wrapped up and in the shape of a ball, put it into a clean piece of Saran Wrap and put it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

But, take it out at least an hour before you serve it, because it needs to soften a little bit, otherwise the crackers will break easily.

 

Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. I use pre made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat.

 

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Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. I use pre made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat.

 

Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. I use pre made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat.

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Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheeseball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheeseball is the perfect food to bring to any party. I use pre made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat.

 

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Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheese ball

Easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheese ball

Cheese balls are such a hit during the holidays, and this easy Holiday Bacon Ranch and Walnut Cheese ball is a classic holiday appetizer. The cheese ball is the perfect food to bring to any party. If I am short on time, I use pre-made real bacon to make it quick and get it ready to eat. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 - 8 oz. packages of cream cheese
  • 1/8 cup + 1/8 cup walnuts
  • 1 - 1 oz. package dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2.8 oz. pre-made real bacon bits

Instructions

  1. Set the cream cheese out on the counter for at least 1 hour before mixing.
  2. Add the cream cheese to a bowl and mix until creamy.
  3. Add the dry ranch mix and parsley and blend together.
  4. Add 1/8 cup of the walnuts and blend in. (You can use pecans if you'd like)
  5. Cut up the chives with scissors into small pieces and blend in.
  6. Add the shredded cheddar cheese and stir, while scraping the sides of the bowl, creating a ball.
  7. Place a sheet of Saran Wrap on the counter and sprinkle the remaining 1/8 cup of walnuts (or pecans) out on the sheet.
  8. Sprinkle the entire package of bacon bits on the sheet.
  9. Roll the cheese ball in the bacon bits and walnuts until it's completely covered.
  10. Wrap the cheeseball in the Saran Wrap and continue to shape into a round ball (the bottom will still be somewhat flat).
  11. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  12. Take out of the refrigerator when ready to eat - but, allow at least 1 hour to soften.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

32

Serving Size:

1 tbsp

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 6.9gSaturated Fat: 3.7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 0.6gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.1gProtein: 2.8g
Nutrition is approximate.

 

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Linda on Poinsettia Drive

Tuesday 20th of November 2018

Hi, love your blog. I would like to invite you to a new blog party that is in it's infancy stages. I'm sure you are busy and have many blog parties that you attend, but if you find the time I would love for you to share your post with everyone. We get together every Tuesday thru Friday on www.poinsettiadr.com

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Hi Linda! I would love to come by and share! Thanks so much for inviting me. :)