The Classic Bacon Cheese Ball
I’ve been dying to share my bacon cheese ball recipe with you. It’s that time of year, where family and friends get together for parties or activities and special treats are a must.
This recipe is at least 50 years old because I have made it for at least that many years! Who doesn’t love bacon, cream cheese, and sour cream? Add some grated cheese and it becomes a cheese ball!
The thing I love about cheese balls is the fact that most of us have all of the ingredients in our pantry, refrigerator, or freezer. I don’t typically stock the crackers because they go stale before we can eat them, but those are easy to pick up at the last minute.
In case you missed this post, Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip
What You Need In The Kitchen
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Vegetable/Nut Chopper or a Good Knife
- Tray for Serving
The Classic Bacon Cheese Ball
I always like to gather my ingredients before I get started. That way I make sure I don’t leave anything out.
Place the cream cheese in a covered bowl and let it soften (for about one hour). Either buy cooked and crumbled bacon, or cook and crumble it yourself. Set it aside. Chop the green onion and set it aside too.
Beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until creamy and fluffy.
Add the sour cream, the green onions, the Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth.
Grate or shred the sharp cheddar cheese. Finely chop the pecans and set them aside.
Add 1-1/2 cups of the grated sharp cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup of the crumbled bacon. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Place the bowl in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap for about 2 hours or overnight. Remove from the refrigerator and shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball.
Combine the remaining 1/2 cup of bacon, 1/2 cup of cheese, and the chopped pecans. Carefully roll the cheese ball in the bacon, cheese, and pecan mixture. Press the mixture into the cheese ball to make it stick. Place the cheese ball back into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers or celery sticks.
Bacon Cheese Ball Recipe
- 2-8 ounce packages of cream cheese (softened)
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 green onions, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated/shredded
- 1 cup cooked and crumbled bacon (1/2 cup add to cheese ball and 1/2 cup for rolling the cheese ball in)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
Place the cream cheese in a covered bowl and let it soften (for about one hour). Buy cooked crumbled bacon, or cook and crumble it yourself. Set it aside. Chop the green onions and set them aside too. Beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until creamy and fluffy. Add the sour cream, the green onions, the Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Grate the sharp cheddar cheese. Finely chop the pecans and set them aside. Add 1-1/2 cups of the grated sharp cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup of the crumbled bacon. Mix until thoroughly combined. Place the bowl in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap for about 2 hours or overnight. Remove from the refrigerator and shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball.
Combine the remaining 1/2 cup of bacon, 1/2 cup of cheese, and the chopped pecans. Carefully roll the cheese ball in the bacon, cheese, and pecan mixture. Press the mixture into the cheese ball to make it stick. Place the cheese ball back into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers or celery sticks.
How do I store the cheese ball?
Store the cheeseball in a tightly wrapped plastic wrap or in an airtight container.
Can I freeze the cheese ball?
I wouldn’t recommend it because I don’t like the texture of frozen cream cheese after it’s thawed.
How long is the cheese ball safe to eat after making it?
It all depends on the freshness of the ingredients you started with when you made the cheeseball. It will be good for 1-2 weeks at the most when stored in the fridge.
Can I switch out the type of cheese that’s used?
Yes, you can. I have made this recipe with spicy jack cheese as well as mozzarella cheese.
Can I skip the bacon in the recipe?
Yes, the bacon is just for added flavor, you can leave it out. But I wouldn’t unless you really don’t like bacon. Cheese balls are easy to switch out different ingredients.
Will low-fat cream cheese work in this recipe?
Yes, low-fat will work but NOT whipped cream cheese because it’s too soft.
Would chopped almonds or slivered almonds work in this recipe?
Yes, they would for sure. I use whatever nuts I have in the freezer when I make my cheese balls. I did want to mention that we have some family members who are allergic to nuts. We usually make two cheese balls and leave the nuts out of one of them. You may want to warn guests of the nuts when serving at a larger gathering.
Please let me know if you try making my Bacon Cheese Ball recipe, I would love to hear from you. Please teach your kids and grandkids how to cook from scratch, if you aren’t already.
We must teach our family to be self-reliant. May God Bless this world, Linda
12 thoughts on “The Classic Bacon Cheese Ball”
Good morning, Linda. I’m so happy you posted this recipe. It’s perfect for me to make to take down to the park office for our maintenance crew to share for the holidays. I normally take them cookies, but I think this will be something nice and different for them. Of course I’ll also take them some gingerbread cookies since they ALL LOVE THEM. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.
Hi Pam, oh, I love gingerbread cookies!! We had a great Thanksgiving, living close to family and friends has been wonderful. I love making cheese balls. This is the first one I’m sharing. I have more to come. I love appetizers! Linda
Looks good, Linda,
Being Texan, I will probably double the bacon and pecans and add a half cup of finely chopped jalapeno peppers. Glad you recommended not freezing this, since there is no need to freeze. There would be no leftovers around here. And, who needs crackers since there are always tortilla chips available in this household. LOL!!
Hi Harry, oh my gosh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your comment, my friend. I got the giggles over not freezing it, there would be no leftovers. My family ate the whole thing the day I made it! I need to make one with jalapenos!! More bacon and pecans would be awesome!! Oh, tortilla chips are a must! Linda
This looks amazing and sooo easy! My family loves bacon! We love your recipes! Thank you sooo much for sharing!❤️
Hi Camille, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend. Oh, I love hearing this!! Bacon makes everything taste better, right? Linda
Amazing! Thank you!
Hi Heidi, thank you for the 5 stars! I love making cheese balls! Linda
This is definitely a go-to recipe for parties!! So good!!
Hi Stacie, thank you for the 5 stars! Cheese balls are so fun to make! Linda
Oh my goodness! Definitely making this for the next party. I love your recipes. Thanks for sharing
Hi Alli, thank you for the 5 stars! Thank you for your kind words! Linda