Our collection of easy cheese ball appetizers is always growing and this one is a fantastic sun dried tomato cheese ball. There’s so much flavor and texture to this little round of tastiness.

Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Ball on a plate with chips and celery

Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Ball Recipe

It’s hard to not make a couple balls to give as gifts too. Why do we love cheese balls so much? It’s because they’re so easy to make and the possibilities are endless. The flavors come through really well and you don’t have to deal with oven, cooktop or any other cooking appliances. We’ve had platters of different assortments of cheese ball flavors. All the colors and textures of the outside nuts makes for a beautiful display! So when you’re looking for a great cheese appetizer that’s easy to transport, make and share, make cheese balls! Click here for all our –> Cheese Ball Recipes

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Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Ball Recipe on a plate with chips and celery

Can You Make Cheese Ball Ahead of Time?

This is one of the best cheese dip recipes to make ahead of time for sure. You can make them ahead of time up to about 2 days and they taste great! All you need to do is to pull them out of the fridge. Let the cheese ball come to room temperature for about 2 hours before serving. And serve with crackers, chips or veggies. It’s important to let it come to room temperature and soften. That way it’s spreadable on crackers or soft bread. And when it’s softer you can dip a chip in the dip without the chip breaking. Prep your veggies ahead of time too and when it comes time to serving, everything is easy peasy.

Sun Dried Tomatoes Packed in Oil

This recipe uses the sun dried tomatoes packed in oil. They’re soft and re-constituted in the oil, so it’s easy to chop and eat. Don’t buy the bags of dried dehydrated sun dried tomatoes, it won’t work for this recipe. We love the tangy, rich flavors of sun dried tomatoes packed in oil. So you can always add more to the recipe if you desire!

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Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Ball

We love the additional flavor of rosemary in the cheese ball. Since you have rosemary sprigs for the garnish already, consider adding about 1/2 teaspoon finely minced rosemary to the ball for extra flavor!
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  • 8 ounces (227 g) Cream Cheese , softened (1 package)
  • 4 ounces (113 g) Goat Cheese , softened
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) Sun-dried Tomatoes packed in oil , drained & minced, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) dried Basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) Onion Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) toasted Pine nuts
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) chopped Pecans (or other preferred nut)
  • Basil sprigs (for garnish)


  • In bowl, combine cream cheese and goat cheese until well combined.
  • Add 3/4 of the sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic salt, onion salt, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Stir the mixture until everything is combined.
  • Lay plastic wrap on surface and transfer cheese mixture on top. Form the cheese mixture into a rough ball and wrap into the plastic wrap.  Shape into a smoother ball and chill until firm.
  • Combine the pine nuts, pecans, and remaining minced sun dried tomatoes. Roll the cheese ball in the nut/sun-dried tomato mixture. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve. Garnish with basil when ready to serve. The cheese ball tastes better the next day after all the flavors are combined.

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 177kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 300mg, Potassium: 182mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 555IU, Vitamin C: 1.3mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 1mg

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