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Bacon, Cheddar, Ranch Cheese Ball

Bacon, Cheddar, Ranch Cheese Ball

Picture it. You get get an email about that holiday potluck party that you said you’d bring a dish for. You stare blankly at the screen and then squint your eyes a bit because Seriously? Did you really volunteer to do such a thing when you’re already swamped with deadlines on top of deadlines?

I get it, girl. This is totally my life. I don’t know what it is about the holidays that make us feel that we have to do #allthethings. It should be the exact opposite, right?

I’ve got you covered. Fret not! Not only will this Bacon, Cheddar, Ranch Cheese Ball recipe take almost no time to make, but it’ll be so good that people will be like, “Puhleeeeease! Make this again!”. You’ll be feeling like some Pinterest Queen and it’ll become your signature dish that might land you a Food Network show.

Too much? Okay, maybe. The point is this – when you combine bacon and cheese, the end result can only be dynamic. It’s really difficult to mess up. But you won’t mess this easy recipe up. I promise you!

Ingredients

6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped green onion
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 (1 oz) package ranch seasoning/salad dressing mix

Directions

In a small bowl, combine half of the bacon crumbles, pecans, and 2 tablespoons green onion. Set aside in the refrigerator.

Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ranch seasoning, remaining bacon and green onion on medium-high until well combined and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.

Cover mixing bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Shape the cheese mixture into a ball and roll it in the bacon-pecan mixture that you side aside in the small bowl.

Serve with crackers.

Super easy, right? Go forth and be great with your bad self!


Bacon, Cheddar, Ranch Cheese Ball
 
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Ingredients:
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 (1 oz) package ranch seasoning/salad dressing mix
Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, combine half of the bacon crumbles, pecans, and 2 tablespoons green onion. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  2. Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ranch seasoning, remaining bacon and green onion on medium-high until well combined and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Cover mixing bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Shape the cheese mixture into a ball and roll it in the bacon-pecan mixture that you side aside in the small bowl.
  4. Serve with crackers.

 

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Brittany Minor

Brittany has been the Head Cool Kid in charge at Clumps of Mascara since 2007. After graduating from college, she decided that blogging about her newfound love in makeup was far more exciting than going to grad school. Brittany is also the proud mama of a crazy sweet toddler. Her daughter Elle is a genius. But isn't everyone's kid?

25 COMMENTS
  • Marielle Altenor
    2 years ago

    Oh wow! Your cheese ball recipe looks amazing! I just love bacon. We always have family over on the weekend so this cheese ball would be a fun idea to try next time.

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  • Shaney Maharaj
    2 years ago

    Wow this looks so delicious! Definitely want to try it for our new year’s eve party this year. I can predict that it will be a huge hit with our guests.

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  • rika
    2 years ago

    This cheese ball looks so delicious! I love bacon and ranch.. What a great combination!

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  • Gabriel
    2 years ago

    My sister in law makes these every holiday and they are amazing. Now I know her secret!

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  • Chrishelle Ebner
    2 years ago

    I need to make this. I could so see my family snacking on it Christmas Eve. Anything with bacon has to be good.

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  • dawn
    2 years ago

    Girl can I just say. Yum. Woo this looks so good.

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  • kendall
    2 years ago

    This looks sooo good! I love cheese balls and basically any type of cheese that you can dip, haha! This looks delicious and so perfect for holiday parties! Yum!

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  • adriana
    2 years ago

    This looks absolutely delicious!! I love cheese balls and love making them, and I’ll definitely be trying this one! It looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  • uprunforlife
    2 years ago

    Yum. My mother in law always makes this for Christmas. It is super easy and everyone loves it.

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  • Kathy
    2 years ago

    This looks so amazing. I’ve never made a cheese ball before. I’ve always wanted to, and now I will. I can’t wait to try this!

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  • Terri Beavers
    2 years ago

    Now that is one yummy looking cheese ball. I make these year round but have never tried ranch and bacon before. I can’t wait to try your recipe and I’ll let you know how it goes. Hopefully it will look as good as yours.

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  • Heather
    2 years ago

    That looks good. My husband would say anything with bacon in it is a win! ;) This is definitely a crowd pleasing appetizer.

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  • Ann Bacciaglia
    2 years ago

    This Bacon, Cheddar, Ranch Cheese Ball recipe looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make this for the Holidays.

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  • Bill S
    2 years ago

    This sounds amazing!! I love having cheeseballs out for guests but have never made one before like this.

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  • My Teen Guide
    2 years ago

    Oh my goodness! This is absolutely looks good and tempting! I will make sure to serve this bacon cheddar ranch cheese ball on Christmas eve.

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  • Lisa Favre
    2 years ago

    I’m seeing cheeseballs more and more these days and I am SO tempted to make one. I should have thought of this before the holidays… hmm perhaps it’s not too last minute!!

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  • OurFamilyWorld
    2 years ago

    I love cheese and this looks amazing. I can’t wait to make this for Christmas.

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  • Emily
    2 years ago

    Yes! I need to make this, for a party or just to keep at home. I know my husband would eat this up quick!

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  • Louise Bishop
    2 years ago

    This looks amazing! Bacon is what pulled me in, haha!

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  • ricci
    2 years ago

    Holy moly! This looks like an amazing cheese ball!! I need this in my life ASAP!!!

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  • Amanda @bephoenixfit
    2 years ago

    This sounds delicious! I haven’t had a cheese ball in ages! I’d love to try it out.

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  • Chloe
    2 years ago

    This looks absolutely amazing! I hope it lands me a gig on masterchef :D. Seriously though, I can’t wait to try this over the holidays.

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  • Jeanette
    2 years ago

    This is the perfect appetizer to go along with my Christmas party that I will be having. It looks absolutely delicious and anything with bacon is #1 in my book.

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  • Claudia Krusch
    2 years ago

    I was looking for a cheeseball recipe! I can’t wait to try yours at our open house this Friday!

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  • That sounds absolutely delicious! I love that addition of ranch and bacon. That’s a combination you just can’t beat.

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