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Loaded Ranch Bacon Cheese Ball

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Your guests will beg for this recipe when they try this crowd favorite Ranch Bacon Cheese Ball recipe. Creamy cheese, sweet & smoky bacon, and zesty ranch seasoning into one irresistible bite. For more recipes like this see my Appetizers page.

Loaded Ranch Bacon Cheese Ball

Are you ready to take your holiday party appetizers to the next level? You have to try this Ranch Bacon Cheese Ball recipe!

I made this yummy dip for my “girls night out” and they devoured in seconds flat. It has the perfect amount of cheesiness with a sweet apple smoked bacon flavor, plus a dash of ranch for an extra kick!

This recipe is perfect when hosting a family gathering, attending a potluck with friends or a holiday party! This easy-to-make and deliciously addictive appetizer will steal the show. I promise It’s like a party in your mouth!

One thing I love about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can customize it to suit your taste by adding different, nuts, fruits, herbs or spices to the mix.

I have also made this recipe with finely chopped cranberries mixed into the cream cheese and the nut topping for a sweet and sour festive holiday cheese ball!

No matter how you choose to spice it up, one thing’s for sure – this ranch bacon cheese ball will be the star of any amazing gathering!

KITCHEN HELPERS

Zesty Ranch Bacon Cheese Ball

Festive Ranch Bacon Cheese Ball

What sets this cheese ball apart from the rest is its festive presentation. I placed it on a platter charcuterie style with a bed of baby lettuce, seedy crackers and sliced cheese.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 blocks cream cheese, 16 oz., at room temperature
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup applewood bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 tbsp green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp dry Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tbsp parsley, optional
  • 1 pkg. baby lettuce blend
  • 8 oz white cheddar block, sliced
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese block sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

cheese ball mix
  • Add the cream cheese to a mixing bowl and blend until smooth.
  • Add the cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, ranch dressing mix and parsley to the smooth cream cheese mixture.
  • Mix together until fully blended.
make a cheese ball
  • Using a spatula, scrape the mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap the cheese mixture and them shape it into a ball.
  • Refrigerate the cheese ball for 2 hours or until it is firm.
leafy lettuce platter
  • Place the baby lettuce leaves in a circle on a platter.
  • Add the crushed walnuts to a small plate. Remove the plastic wrap from the cheeseball and roll it around in the walnuts until it it is covered. Press extra walnuts into the ball to fill in empty spaces.
  • Add the slices of cheese around the cheese ball and serve!

More Cheeseball ingredients to try:

  • Chopped Nuts: pecans, pistachios, whole almonds, cashews, pine nuts
  • Cheeses: white cheddar, sharp cheddar, blue cheese crumbles.
  • Fruits: cranberries, cherries, dates, apricots, pineapple, pomegranate, mixed dried fruit.
  • Veggies: bell pepper, olives,
  • Mixed in Cream Cheese: Goat cheese, honey
  • Seasonings: Thyme, Rosemary, Italian seasoning mix, parsley, garlic, chives
  • Meat: dried beef, ham,

MAKE AHEAD: Make the cheese ball in advance and keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
FREEZER: Seal in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw for 20 minutes before serving.

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Loaded Ranch and Bacon Cheese Ball

Super tasty cheese ball appetizer served charcuterie style on a bed of lettuce with cheese and crackers. Perfect for party or get togethers!
Servings: 10 people
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Calories: 147

Ingredients

  • 2 blocks cream cheese, 16 oz., at room temperature
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup applewood bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 tbsp green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp ranch dressing mix powder
  • 1 tbsp parsley, optional
  • 1 pkg. baby lettuce blend
  • 8 oz white cheddar block, sliced
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese block sliced

Instructions

  • Add the cream cheese to a mixing bowl and blend until smooth.
  • Add the cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, ranch dressing mix and parsley to the smooth cream cheese mixture.
  • Mix together until fully blended.
  • Using a spatula, scrape the mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap the cheese mixture and them shape it into a ball.
  • Refrigerate the cheese ball for 2 hours or until it is firm.
  • Place the baby lettuce leaves in a circle on a platter.
  • Add the crushed walnuts to a small plate. Remove the plastic wrap from the cheeseball and roll it around in the walnuts until it it is covered. Press extra walnuts into the ball to fill in empty spaces.
  • Add the slices of cheese around the cheese ball and serve!

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 78mg | Sugar: 0.4g | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 0.4mg

The nutrition info provided is only an estimate. See my nutrition disclaimer for more info on how the data is collected for recipes.

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CUISINE :American
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