Smoky Cheese Ball


This no-fail recipe can be customized with endless flavor combinations.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins
3-1/2 cups spread


  • 2 8 ounce package cream cheese

  • 2 cup finely shredded smoked cheddar, swiss, or gouda cheese

  • ½ cup butter or margarine

  • 2 tablespoon milk

  • 2 teaspoon steak sauce

  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts, toasted

  • Assorted crackers


  1. In a medium mixing bowl let cream cheese, shredded cheese, and butter stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add milk and steak sauce; beat until fluffy. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.

  2. Shape mixture into a ball; roll in nuts. Let stand for 15 minutes. Serve with crackers.


  1. If desired, divide mixture into thirds for smaller balls. Roll each in nuts or a mixture of dried fruit, such as cherries, apricots and cranberries; a mixture of chopped cashews and toasted coconut; and/or a mixture of crisp-cooked bacon and finely chopped jalapeno peppers.

    Smoky Cheese Ball
    Andy Lyons


Prepare as above, except do not roll in nuts. Wrap cheese ball in moisture- and vapor-proof plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, thaw the cheese ball in refrigerator overnight. Roll in nuts. Let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

73 Calories
7g Fat
1g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 56
Calories 73
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 66mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 2g
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 26mg 1%
Folate, total 4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*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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