Our whole family really enjoyed this cheese ball for Christmas. I prepared as written except to make two smaller balls rather than one large one. I'm saving the second one for New Years. I should have bought 2 jars of bacon crumbles though. I had to use chopped walnuts on the second one. My husband is the big ranch lover in the house and he felt the ranch flavor was a bit weak. We all thought having it rolled in bacon was a fantastic idea. I plan on using it as my coating for savory cheese balls from now on. Thanks for sharing!
This was tasty, and very fast to make. The flavor was good, though not the best I've had. I mixed the bacon in with the cheese instead of using it on the outside. Also, I used actual bacon instead of bacon bits. It was pretty salty, but still a tasty side dish.
I made this twice over the holidays and it was a big hit! I used light cream cheese and it worked fine. I did find that between the dressing mix and the bacon it was very salty, but nobody else seemed to mind. I also mixed the bacon into the cheese mix rather than rolling it in the bacon.
My first attempt at making a cheese ball. Very good recipe. I added some chives and dry onion flakes ... as well as some diced green onion and some of the bacon bits as previous reviewers said they added. I made 5 of these and will give 4 away as Christmas gifts. To make it lighter I used reduced fat cream cheese and shredded cheese. I may add some garlic powder the next time.
I love this bacon ranch cheese ball. I have tweaked the recipe a bit. I don't use the whole package of the ranch. I use half the package if I'm making the full amount and less then that if I'm only making half of the recipe. I also use low sodium Bacon. Both of these cut down on the salty ness. The recipe really comes in handy at family gatherings and disappears quickly.
This was a big hit at the party. Added chopped green onion tops.
Made this recipe tonight for a party and it was a big hit! Very easy to put together and tastes great. I used reduced fat cream cheese and real bacon.
Love. I included the bacon in the cheese ball, and covered the entire thing in crushed walnuts. (Spread nuts on wax paper, put ball on edge of nuts the it up in the paper a bit, shaping ball as you go. Mom's trick). I also added a couple tablespoons of mayo and a tsp of milk, because I hate my cheese-balls so firm they break my crackers. (Can use Sour cream instead of mayo).
I made this for a get together. I, nor anyone else, found this to be too ranchy nor salty. I mixed in bacon bits with the cream cheese so that every bite had a bit of bacon. Thank you for the recipe.
Instead if putting all the Bacon on the outside of the cheese ball i mixed half in with the cheese ball and covered the outside with the rest amazing