Classic Cheese Ball

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Classic Cheese Ball


Classic Cheese Ball for Any Occasion

Any time people gather in my home, I love to bring out a Classic Cheese Ball.  It’s a family recipe that’s been handed down for a couple of generations, and it’s always a crowd pleaser.  A blend of cheeses, from mild to extra sharp, meld together, held with a cream cheese base.  The resulting cheese ball holds together well, and you can even freeze it for later, as the recipe makes 4 beautiful balls.  I always loved holiday gatherings because I knew someone in the family would bring out a Classic Cheese Ball as a snack, ringed with all kinds of specialty crackers that we didn’t normally have at other times of the year.

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Choosing Cheeses for Classic Cheese Ball

I always look for cheeses on sale for my Classic Cheese Ball.  Kraft cheeses, and even store brand cheeses, go on sale around the holidays, making Classic Cheese Ball an economical recipe.  Make sure you like the flavor of the cheeses before using it in Classic Cheese Ball.  Both extra sharp and mild cheddars are great, as well as a colby or monterey.  Blue cheese gives Classic Cheese Ball a wonderful bitey flavor that overcomes the mildness of the cream cheese.  You can add things like minced pepperoni or dried beef, onions, or other flavorings if you like, but my favorite Classic Cheese Ball is just with the cheeses.

Classic Cheese Ball

Classic Cheese Ball


  • 8 oz extra sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 8 oz mild cheddar, shredded
  • 8 oz colby, shredded
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 5 oz blue cheese, crumbled


  1. Let all cheeses come to room temperature.
  2. Mix by hand until completely blended.
  3. Form into four balls and wrap in plastic wrap.
  4. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 1 week, turning everyday to keep balls round.
  5. Freeze balls, or serve within the second week.

Coatings for Your Classic Cheese Ball

Over the years, I’ve rolled my Classic Cheese Ball in many things.  Toasted nuts, including almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and even pistachios.  They all work well on a Classic Cheese Ball.  I’ve also rolled them in herbs, such as a mixture of parsley and chives, or spices, such as paprika.  I’ve even blended things like freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, and parsley for a spicy take on the recipe.  Watch for cheeses to go on sale and make Classic Cheese Ball for your next gathering or freeze them for later!

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