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Kimberly’s Cheese Ball

January 13, 2023


Kimberly’s Cheese Ball

So, party season and snacky things are winding down, right? But there’s an important baby shower coming up.

Even though I had never made a cheese ball, I was happy to try my hand at it since one of the recipes in my book Whatever Happened to Dinner: Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtime (Herald Press, 2010) has my co-worker Kimberly Metzler’s recipe in it. I shouldn’t call it hers, she got it from a friend at church, but that’s how recipes get around, right? I made a few changes for mine.

It was much easier to do than I expected and delicious too. Go for it!

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons fresh (or dried) chives, chopped; or, I substituted 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
3 ounces chipped beef or ham, chopped
1 cup Colby or sharp cheddar cheese, grated, fresh
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ – 1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Mix all ingredients except chipped beef and nuts in a mixer. Add meat and stir until well combined. Spray hands with cooking spray and shape the mixture into a ball. Roll in chopped nuts. Refrigerate. Serve with crackers.

Cheese ball before chopped nuts.

Have you tried a new recipe lately, or made a cheese ball?

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  1. I enjoyed reading Whatever Happened to Dinner, a culinary delight with advice for cooking, baking and serving food. My sister, the better cook, is enjoying your book now.

    No, I never made a cheese ball, but a baby shower sounds like a great reason to create one. It can be tailor-made for the occasion, I imagine.

    Happy cooking and eating in 2023, Melodie!

    • Thank you, Marian, faithful fan. The cheese ball was half eaten by the time we had to drive home (3 hours) and I asked my daughter if she wanted to keep it there and she didn’t pause in saying yes! So I guess it was a hit.

      I’m glad you shared the book with your sister. 🙂

  2. Of course it was!

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