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slice taken out of cheese ball with serving knife

Cheese Ball

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, easy, entertaining
Author Kristen | Ella Claire & Co.


  • 2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese (16 oz. total)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper (a pinch)
  • 1 teaspoon parsley plus extra for garnish
  • 1 tsp. worchestershire sauce
  • 2 cups hand shredded sharp or medium cheddar (avoid prepackaged shredded cheese)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 green onions (3 if they're small)
  • dash hot sauce optional


  1. Whip cream cheese in mixer with paddle attachment. Add garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and worchestershire sauce, mixing until well combined.

  2. Mix in green onions and cheese.

  3. Using your lightly greased hands, roll cheese mixture into a ball. Holding ball in one hand, use the other hand to press pecans all over outside of the ball. Garnish with a sprinkle of extra parsley.

  4. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour to firm it up a bit.

  5. Serve (with a knife) with crackers, pretzels, apples, vegetables, or chips.

Recipe Notes

Note- If preferred, omit pecans and replace with cooked, chopped bacon.