Easy Cheese Ball

Easy Cheese Ball created by DeliciousAsItLooks

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.

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  • 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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"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."

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  1. Jeanne T.
    0.5 (8 ounce) envelope ranch dressing mix what is it asking for? 0.5?
  2. dooleybysea
    The great thing about this recipe is that you can control the amount of fat by choosing non-fat or lo-fat ingredients. The only thing that had me worried was the hi sodium from the ranch dressing mix BUT then I saw that someone had used only 1/2 package and it was still delicious. So a real winner!
  3. Lavender1638Fawn
    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.
  4. Dorothy L.
    CHEESE ball without meat
  5. DeliciousAsItLooks
    Loved the flavor of this cheese ball, although it turned out to be more of a "cheese blob" than a "cheese ball," even with chilling the mixture overnight. However, the smooth consistency was perfect for dipping or spreading on crackers.
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