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Cheese balls are always at parties. Sometimes they’re hit, but often they’re the ones that have been sitting at the store for months and have no flavor! I love the concept so I decided it was time to update the classic cheese ball with fresh and modern flavors. I took some of my favorite appetizers and made them into cheese balls. Served with crackers and veggies, these are going to become your holiday gathering go-to’s!

You don’t necessarily have to make these into balls, but can form them into whatever you like or just put them in a dish. Whatever you do, the flavor will be fantastic! These are great to take to a party or give as a gift. Enjoy!

Large cheese ball covered in chopped dill sitting in silver platter with crackers around base
Buffalo blue cheese ball version
Smoked salmon cheese ball covered in parsley sitting in silver metal bowl with pretzels
Ham and pickle pinwheel cheese ball version
Buffalo blue cheese ball sitting on metal serving bowl with slices of celery
Smoke salmon cheese ball version

Watch how to make these three cheese balls

Three silver platters filled with cheese balls sitting on marble surface with pretzels and crackers all around

Three Cheese Balls

5 from 1 vote
What's better than one flavor of cheese ball? Three, of course! These three cheese balls are perfect for the holiday season so you can satiate everyone's preferred flavors. There's a buffalo version, a ham pinwheel version, and a smoked salmon version. Super yum!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 48 servings

Ingredients

For the smoked salmon cheese ball

  • 2 packages cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 6-oz package crème fraîche room temperature
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp capers drained
  • 4 tbsp minced scallion
  • 4 oz smoked salmon
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup finely minced dill

For the buffalo blue cheese ball

  • 2 packages cream cheese room temperature
  • ¼ cup butter room temperature
  • 2 oz sharp white cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 oz blue cheese
  • 4 tbsp minced scallion
  • cup buffalo wing sauce (can choose mild to hot)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • minced celery

For the ham & pickle pinwheel cheese ball

  • 2 packages cream cheese room temperature
  • ¼ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 oz shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz shredded yellow cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup diced sweet or dill pickle
  • ¼ lb Black Forest ham diced
  • ¼ cup finely minced parsley

Instructions
 

For the smoked salmon cheese ball

  • Using a stand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth.
    2 packages cream cheese
  • Add crème fraîche and mix.
    1 6-oz package crème fraîche
  • Then add salt, pepper, capers, scallion, salmon, lemon zest, and juice. Mix until combined.
    ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 2 tbsp capers, 4 tbsp minced scallion, 4 oz smoked salmon, 2 tsp lemon zest, 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Use hands to form a ball (can also make a log or just put in a dish) and roll in prepared dill.
    ¼ cup finely minced dill
  • Chill until ready to use.

For the buffalo blue cheese ball

  • Beat the cream cheese to ensure it is softened and smooth.
    2 packages cream cheese
  • Add butter and continue mixing until smooth.
    ¼ cup butter
  • Mix in cheddar cheese, blue cheese, scallion, wing sauce, salt, and pepper until completely combined.
    2 oz sharp white cheddar cheese, 4 oz blue cheese, 4 tbsp minced scallion, ⅓ cup buffalo wing sauce (can choose mild to hot), 1 tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper
  • Use hands to form ball shape (can form log or place in a dish) and roll on prepared celery.
    minced celery
  • Chill until ready to use.

For the ham & pickle pinwheel cheese ball

  • Beat the cream cheese to ensure it is softened.
    2 packages cream cheese
  • Mix in butter until smooth.
    ¼ cup butter
  • Add salt, pepper, white cheddar cheese, yellow cheddar cheese, garlic powder, pickles, and ham, mixing until combined.
    1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 4 oz shredded white cheddar cheese, 4 oz shredded yellow cheddar cheese, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ cup diced sweet or dill pickle, ¼ lb Black Forest ham
  • Using hands, form ball (or log or place in a dish), and roll in prepared parsley.
    ¼ cup finely minced parsley
  • Chill until ready to use.

Notes

The caloric information listed above is for the smoked salmon cheese ball. The caloric information for the other cheese balls are as follows:
  • Buffalo blue cheese ball: 55 calories
  • Ham and pickle pinwheel cheese ball: 64 calories

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbspCalories: 56kcalCarbohydrates: 0.9gProtein: 2.2gFat: 4.9gSaturated Fat: 2.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.9gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 18.3mgSodium: 65.5mgPotassium: 45.5mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 31.7IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 15.8mgIron: 0.2mg
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Mixing

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3 Comments

  1. Just a question on your Ham and Pickle Cheese ball. Is it really 1/2 pickle? Or should it say 1/2 cup, maybe? Just curious. It sounds really yummy!

  2. I loved your three truffles video – but would like the exact amounts of the ingredients, especially for the spices in the chocolate spice truffles. I would like to make them for a baby shower later this month. Will use pink sanding sugar on the Oreo truffles!