Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball Appetizer for Game Day Holidays | @bestrecipebox

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball

Course: Appetizer, Dips, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 265 kcal
This recipe is for one large cheese ball, perfect for larger parties. Or divide it into two smaller cheese balls for two different occasions or two different platters. You can also just halve the recipe to make a smaller ball that serves about 4-6.
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Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Cream Cheese , softened (2 packages)
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 0.5 ounce Ranch Dressing Mix (1/2 package or @ 1 1/2 tablespoons - or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper
  • 4 Green Onions , sliced thin (divided in half)
  • 4 slices cooked, crispy Bacon , cut into very small pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted Nuts (pecans, almond, walnuts etc…)

Directions

  1. In bowl, combine cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Microwave cheeses for about 45 seconds (depending on microwave) or just until the they are soft and cheddar is slightly melted. Stir to combine.
  2. Add ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, black pepper and half of the green onions. Stir the mixture until everything is combined. Chill in fridge for about 5 minutes if necessary so it can be formed into a ball.
  3. Lay plastic wrap on surface and transfer cheese mixture on top. Wrap the plastic wrap around cheese mixture and shape the mixture into a ball. Chill until the cheese ball is firm.
  4. Combine the bacon bits, nuts and remaining green onions in a plate. Roll the chilled cheese ball in the bacon/nuts mixture. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve. The cheese ball tastes better the next day after all the flavors are combined.