Ranch and Bacon Cheese Ball

"My family loves this recipe. My husband has fought his brother and sister for leftover cheese ball."
 
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Ready In:
10mins
Ingredients:
4
Yields:
1 cheese ball
Serves:
24
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ingredients

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directions

  • Take 2 packages of cream cheese (softened) and mix till slightly whipped.
  • Add packet of ranch dressing and mix till incorporated.
  • Fold in 1 cup shredded cheese.
  • Pour bacon bits in a plate or pie tin.
  • Form cream cheese mixture into a ball with your hands.
  • Roll ball in bacon bits till covered. Wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
  • When cheese ball feels firm, remove and serve with crackers.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Linda S.
    MaDE into 24 single bites. Froze. Take out a few for. Afternoon snack. Put in microwave 5 seconds For hot cheese.
     
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Reviews

  1. Lets Cook
    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).
     
  2. Marg (CaymanDesigns)
    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!
     
  3. Rondamoonie
    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.
     
  4. tajgood1
    I can't believe I haven't written a review of this yet. I have made it several times, and it is easy and great. Always a hit! Thanks for sharing!
     
  5. Jubileesong
    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.
     
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Tweaks

  1. Jubileesong
    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.
     

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