I grew up in a time where cheeseballs were not a big thing, but I feel that it is my duty to bring them back into everyone’s kitchen! These creamy balls of cheesy goodness are very simple to make once you know the basic ratios of cream cheese, shredded cheese and seasonings!
This recipe makes one large cheese ball or two medium ones that are just the perfect size as an appetizer for a party of 10 with an extra one for snacks after the party! Okay, that might be what I do in my family and it works. Last year on Christmas Day my brother specifically asked me it I had one of those cheese bally things and lucky for him there was a one in refrigerator ready!
Cheddar Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball
1 package of cream cheese softened
1 to ½ c shredded cheddar cheese
- I have used pre-shredded cheddar cheese and also shredded my own. Both work just fine.
1 and ½ tablespoon of dry ranch seasoning
4oz of bacon bits
Add soften cheese, ranch seasoning to a bowl.
Using an electric hand mixer combine ingredients together. Fun fact when I started making cheese balls every recipe and tutorial told me to use a food processor. I did not have one so I grabbed my trusty electric hand mixer and it works just fine!
Add shredded cheddar cheese and just mix.
Form into the size of ball desired. Wrap in plastic wrap to chill for a minimum of 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
Remove plastic wrap and roll in bacon bits!
Place on a pretty platter and serve with crackers, pretzels, and veggies.