Easy Cheese Ball
My mom made this cheeseball every Christmas when I was growing up. It is still one of my favorites! I am not sure of the ranch dressing's envelope size. I don't think it comes in multiple sizes though.
- Ready In:
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 0.5 (8 ounce) envelope ranch dressing mix
- 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans
- mix cheddar cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and ranch dressing mix.
- chill for 1 hour or until set.
- roll in chopped pecans.
- serve with Ritz crackers.
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I have given 5 stars because I loved it, despite some necessary changes due to location. I am in the UK, 'Cheese Balls' are not something seen at parties, so I didn't have a reference point for consistency, though reviews say some are too stiff to spread. I wondered if this was because the type of cream cheese used for stiffer cheesecakes is used? I used Kraft Philadelphia, had no idea how how to make a ball from this soft mix, so divided the mix into 250g butter dishes (500g is close to 1lb weight). I used Hazelnuts as I had some & Pecans are only sold in large supermarkets which are not close to me - I wanted to try it before my next home delivery! I don't think this affects the recipe though. I have never noticed Ranch Dressing Mix on sale, I would have had to wait for delivery, so found a good recipe online that I had all the ingredients for. There is no need to have added salt if homemade either, but I used it because I wanted to keep the spreads for a while (if they last that long, I KNOW they are in my fridge lol) & because I thought it may help the texture not be runny. The cheese I used is runnier, but it has set reasonably well in the fridge after 4 hrs & will make sandwiches later well. I'd appreciate some feedback from US cooks as to how to achieve the 'ball' shape, use film or foil, palette knives? Also, I think smaller shapes are better, maybe butter shapes, as if the ball is huge, most people won't have nuts in a party setting. Oh, I also mixed some of the nuts into the cheese & put the rest on top - because I put the mix into butter dishes (then everyone has some nuts) - did for a domestic breakfast/teatime/lunchbox setting though - 'dips' as a party thing isn't found here either. I'll use Pecans next time.