Festive Party Cheese Ball With Pecans

Cheese Ball with Crackers
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  • Total: 26 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 26 hrs
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
550 Calories
52g Fat
10g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 550
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52g 66%
Saturated Fat 17g 86%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 385mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 17g
Calcium 348mg 27%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This cheese ball is a simple combination of cheeses, shaped into a festive ball and rolled in finely chopped pecans.

What sets this cheese ball apart? The secret's in the Worcestershire sauce which adds the perfect tang to this crowd-pleasing snack.

Use finely chopped walnuts if you prefer, or if you don't have pecans on hand. The cheddar cheese can also be substituted with any other grated, semi-hard cheese. You can even try combining several different cheeses for a more complex taste.

If you'd like to add a little kick to this classic appetizer, try mixing in a few shakes of your favorite hot sauce.

You'll need to prepare the cheese ball at least 24 hours in advance, but for those who truly like to plan ahead, this recipe can be made up to three days before your party. Just be sure to refrain from adding the crunchy, nut coating until serving day as it can become soft in the fridge.

Serve the cheese ball with a variety of crackers at your next celebratory gathering


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 2 teaspoons onion (grated)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (finely minced)
  • 2 cups pecans (finely chopped; may also substitute walnuts)

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine cream cheese and cheddar cheese and beat with an electric mixer. It's helpful if the cream cheese is room temperature.

  2. Mix in onion, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic.

  3. Chill thoroughly in refrigerator, until firm (this usually takes a few hours).

  4. Shape cheese into a ball and cover completely and tightly with a generous amount of plastic wrap. Cover once more with aluminum foil.

  5. Refrigerate ball for at least 24 hours (and up to 3 days) before serving.

  6. Remove from the refrigerator 2 hours before serving. Take off the plastic wrap and foil. Roll the ball in the finely chopped pecans until the entire outer surface is completely covered with the nuts.

  7. Place the ball in the center of a serving dish, and surround with assorted crackers (thick pretzel sticks and crudités also pair well). Include a soft cheese knife for easy serving.