Wait until you taste these Ranch Cheese Balls. This is a fun twist on a classic cheese ball because the recipe is for bite-size cheese balls on a pretzel stick.
However, you can make this recipe for a large cheese ball if you prefer.
I served these yummy cheese ball pops at our recent Christmas party, and they disappeared quickly.
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Ranch Cheese Balls
This recipe for Ranch Cheese Balls is perfect for a casual serve-yourself party.
This was the first time I’d served this recipe, and it was a huge success. Everyone was asking about the recipe, and they loved the bite-size serving.
Preparing to Make Cheese Balls
The first step in preparing this cheese ball recipe is to cook eight strips of bacon. I placed four stripes in the microwave in layers of paper towels. You want the bacon to be very crispy.
While the bacon is cooking, set the cream cheese out to soften.
Next, finely chop the pecans and spread them onto a sheet of wax paper. You can also chop the chives into small pieces.
Crush the bacon into small chips and combine with all ingredients except the pecan in a mixing bowl.
Stir until well mixed.
Roll into small bite-size balls
Next, roll each of the ranch cheese balls into small balls.
Then roll each ball in the chopped pecans until the entire cheese ball is covered.
Layer the mini ranch cheese balls in a baking dish and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Make a Cheese Ball Pop
When you are ready to serve your bite-size cheese balls, place a pretzel stick into each ball.
Guests can grab a mini-cheese ball without all the hassle of spreading the cheese on a cracker.
See full recipe
- 16 oz. Cream Cheese
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 3 tsp. dry Ranch Mix
- 8 Slices of Crispy Cooked Bacon
- 2 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Chives
- 1 Cup finely chopped pecans
- 50 Pretzel Sticks
- Cook Bacon until crispy - cool and crush
- Chop pecans finely and spread onto wax paper
- Chop Chives finely
- Add Soften Cream Cheese to a large mixing bowl
- Add all ingredients except pecans and pretzel sticks
- Mix well (if the mixture is soft, you may need to place it in the refrigerator until firm enough to roll easily.
- Roll into small balls approx. the diameter of a nickel
- Roll until covered in pecans
- Place in a dish and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Just before serving, add one pretzel stick to each cheese ball.
The size of the cheese balls will vary, and you may have more or fewer servings.
You can make one large cheese ball if you prefer and serve it with crackers.
Amount Per Serving Calories 167Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 12mgSodium 401mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 4g
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