Herb and Bacon Cheese Ball

cheese ballThis is a delicious variation on the holiday cheese ball that has been in my family for close to 40 years. It is perfect served on crusty bread or crackers. One of the nice things about most cheese ball recipes is the versatility. If you want a spicier ball, try substituting a 1/2 cup of pepper jack for the Cheddar. Don’t like bacon? Use Nova lox instead. Don’t like dill? Fugedabowdit! Dill makes this recipe sing! But you can play with the herbs used in the cheese ball. Who doesn’t like playing with their food? Serve with crackers or a good bread. Also goes well as a spread for crudites.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Miracle Whip
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices crisp fried bacon, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill weed to garnish
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes to garnish

Directions

  1. Mix cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, salad dressing, green onions, bacon, 1 teaspoon dill, thyme, black pepper, kosher salt, Worcestershire, and cayenne pepper in a bowl until ingredients are evenly distributed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
  2. Refrigerate cheese mixture for 2 hours.
  3. Mix 1 tablespoon dill and parsley in a small bowl; spread onto a clean work surface.
  4. Shape cheese mixture into a ball; roll in dill and parsley to coat.