Bacon-Cheddar Cheese Balls


This Bacon-Cheddar Cheese Ball recipe will be a hit at your next party. It combines two appetizer favorites, pimiento cheese and bacon cheese balls, in one delicious cracker spread.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
4-1/2 cups


  • 1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese*, finely shredded

  • 2 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)

  • 1 2 ounce jar sliced pimiento, rinsed, drained, patted dry, and chopped

  • ¼ cup apricot preserves

  • 2 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce

  • 8 - 10 slice bacon, crisp cooked and crumbled

  • cup pistachio nuts, chopped

  • Celery stalks, cucumber slices, apricot halves, and/or toasted baguette slices


  1. In a very large bowl combine cheddar and cream cheese; let stand to come to room temperature (about 45 minutes). Add pimientos, apricot preserves, milk, Worcestershire, hot pepper sauce and about 1/2 of the cooked bacon. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until almost smooth.

  2. Cover and chill cheese mixture (and cooked bacon) 2 hours or until easy to handle. Divide into portions; on waxed paper shape into balls. Cover and chill. Roll in bacon bits or pistachios within 4 hours of serving.

  3. Serve with celery, cucumber, apricot and/or toasted bread slices. Makes 18 (1/4-cup) servings.

    Bacon-Cheddar Cheese Balls
    Andy Lyons

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
17g Fat
6g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 361mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Protein 11g

*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.

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