Christmas Cheese Ball

Updated on December 31, 2017
Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green enjoys whipping up tasty dishes in her home kitchen. She's received many requests for her recipes and is happy to share these.

An Eye-Catching Spread for Crackers

Cheese ball covered in chopped walnuts.
Cheese ball covered in chopped walnuts. | Source

Do you enjoy cheese balls? Oftentimes, at a gathering, the hostess serves a cheese ball with crackers. These look impressive coated with chopped nuts—and they make such a great spread for crackers.

Cheese balls are very easy to put together, and once you've made your first one, you'll wonder why you put off trying to do it for so long. They are so quick, you may find yourself making them for each gathering or whipping one up to take to a potluck.

A cheese ball is especially nice to serve at Christmas time—something a little special to add to the menu. It can be a focal point, surrounded by an assortment of crackers.

The recipe I'm sharing here is made with Hellman's mayonnaise, and I'm sure you'll agree that the addition of chopped walnuts gives it the wow factor.

I served this to my guests, and they raved about it. By evening's end, it was gone. I had to make another for a second batch of company that was coming.

You can make this ahead of time and chill before your company arrives, then all you do is place it on a platter—or, easier still, if you have a cheese ball server, you can simply use that. You will want to include a small knife for spreading the cream cheese.

Cheese Ball Recipe

  • 1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Hellman's mayonaise
  • 1/2 small tin ground ham or turkey (flake with fork)
  • 1/4 tsp. Tobasco sauce or hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. minced onion (or dried onion flakes or chopped chives)
  • 1-2 tsp. chopped parsley (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • a shake of paprika

Mixing Cream Cheese & Mayonaise

Preparing the cheeseball mixture.
Preparing the cheeseball mixture. | Source

A Velvety Inner Texture

Savory ingredients add to the taste and texture of this cheese ball.

  1. Mix cream cheese and mayonaise with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add flaked ham and gently fold in.
  3. Add Tabasco sauce, onion & paprika to taste.
  4. Mix in parsley or pat around outside of cheese ball.
  5. Coat the cheese ball with the chopped nuts until entire surface is covered.
  6. Chill for a couple of hours.

Adding Ham to Cheese Mixture

Making a Cheese Ball
Making a Cheese Ball | Source

See How They're Made

Cheese ball recipes differ but the video gives an overview of the process.

Cheese Ball That is Perfect for Entertaining

Most people enjoy spreads. With its tasty flavor and nutty texture, this cheese ball is a winner and will do for get-togethers and other social occasions.

5 stars from 1 rating of Christmas Cheeseball

Have you ever made a cheese ball?

See results

© 2007 Athlyn Green


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Athlyn Green profile image

      Athlyn Green 10 years ago from West Kootenays

      The shortbread recipe is one of my favorites, as is the cheesecake and the Reeces Pieces squares.

    • cgull8m profile image

      cgull8m 10 years ago from North Carolina

      Looks lovely will try it out soon. Cheese and Ground meat sounds lovely. Cheers.

    • Athlyn Green profile image

      Athlyn Green 10 years ago from West Kootenays

      Thanks and Merry Christmas, everyone.

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      Saved and printed for Val to make for New Year. Christamas day is happening to day monday

    • Veronica profile image

      Veronica 10 years ago from NY

      I especially like this, because I've had to eliminate a lot of cheeses from my diet to watch my cholesterol. Mayo, and cream cheese in moderation are allowed. So I can actually have this! Yay!

    • Athlyn Green profile image

      Athlyn Green 10 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi Veronica. It it easy to make and makes a good cracker spread. The nuts really add something.

    • Veronica profile image

      Veronica 10 years ago from NY

      This sounds yummy!