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“Look No Further” Cheese Ball

..a cute lil' cheeseball .. all dressed up for the Holiday!

Look at that cute lil’ cheeseball .. all dressed up for the Holiday!

Your search is over.

I know what you’re after, yes I do.  You’re looking for that one recipe this Holiday Season that’ll knock their socks off.  The one … singular sensation … the one that brings them out of the woodwork to get the last scrapings off the plate, the one people will ask you about one year later.

Look no further, it’s here for you right here, right now.

Why is it so good, you ask?

I don’t know (curry) but I do know this: every single time I’ve taken it anywhere I have been asked to hand over the recipe. Every. Single. Time.

Oh, there was a time I didn’t give it up. Oh no.  I held my trade secrets close to my heart like the treasures they are …. and, truth be told, I still do that if the person clamoring is someone I’m not sure of.  You know the ones, they take your recipes and claim ’em as their own.  But .. I’m past that now.

That’s right, I’m opening the vault to you, my delicious readership, you.

Why?

Because you deserve it.  You deserve the slice of hap-hap-happiness this cheese ball recipe will add to your Holiday gatherings!

2 Words of advice? Stretchy pants.  You’re welcome. 🙂

**MJ’s Look-No-Further Cheese Ball**   (makes 3)

  • 2 blocks of cream cheese
  • 2 packets of Carl Buddig Smoked Ham, chopped (sold in the deli meats section)
  • 1 envelope of dry ranch dressing seasoning
  • 3 green onions, chopped with some green, too
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of curry (I don’t measure,  just give it a shake)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of Mrs. Dash regular or onion (I don’t measure,  just give it a shake)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • If you want to “fancy  it up” you can roll the cheese ball in chopped pecans or walnuts before wrapping. My personal pack of Wolverines could care less but some peeps like it like that.
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Directions:

Bring cream cheese to room temperature OR microwave on low heat ’til soft. Stir in seasonings: ranch dressing, curry, and Mrs. Dash. You can add a pinch of garlic powder if you’re so inclined.

Next blend in the chopped onion & ham. Lastly, add the shredded cheddar.

Divide into 3 cheese balls about the size of your palm and roll in chopped nuts if you’re getting jiggy with it.  If not, skip the nuts and wrap each cheese ball in plastic wrap. Think you’re done? Not so fast … wrap again and refrigerate immediately.  Bing, bang, boom – done!

These are best if made at least a day ahead (the ultimate party food!) but can be made up in less time than it takes you to shower and slip on your Holiday sweater!   They can also be frozen although the texture will shift from creamy to crumbly .. but still plate-scrapingly good.

15-20 minutes before serving, take cheese ball out of the fridge so it has time to soften.  Serve with your favorite crackers (we like Triscuit Rosemary & Herb … mmm), stand back  and prepare for the accolades sure to come your way.

Me? I like to set it out, step away quietly and watch the frenzy from a safe distance!

Happy Noshing 🙂

How about you? Got a “go-to” Holiday recipe to share with me?

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22 thoughts on ““Look No Further” Cheese Ball

  1. Yum! I am normally asked NOT to cook anything for holiday parties. It’s safer that way 🙂

  2. Sounds good. Love Tori’s comment! That pic of the Carl Buddig ham sure brought back the memories. I seem to recall Marshall eating lots of that when he was a little boy!

  3. Thanks for steering us away from crumbly…yes, smooth would be better. And thanks for opening up the vault–to make three to have on hand will help when family come in to visit soon.

  4. I’m thinking prosciutto might be an interesting variation on it.

  5. MJ, I can’t wait to try this recipe. I think I have everything except the Buddig ham which is another thing I especially like about your recipes. They aren’t full of strange ingredients we wouldn’t normally have on hand. And it looks beautiful! Yum!

    • I consider myself a good, basic cook – nothing fancy, just simple ingredients that are easy to find in most stores. This one’s no different, and if you can’t find the Buddig Ham most grocery stores have their own private label brand of the same thing (shaved ham) that works just as well. I hope you let me know what you think of it, Renee!
      MJ

  6. This is another one I know my friends and family will enjoy. I’m bookmarking it!

    • Perfect for a girl’s gathering, as a appetizer for hungry kids or even before a football-watching party. I’ve taken this to parties, to work, to baby showers, you name it. It’s a hit, every time. I hope you enjoy it!
      MJ

  7. This looks delish! I make a mean sweet potato casserole!

    • It is .. and I’d love to hear more about your sweet potato casserole 🙂 I simply adore sweet pototatoes. My fave recipe for them is to peel them, slice them long-wise like a carrot and then toss with olive oil, bake on a cookie sheet with chopped onions and seasoning … Mmm! MJ

      • Oh, I love doing that with sweet potatoes! I also sprinkle with coconut oil a bit of Splenda and cinnamon and bake… Mmmmm!

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