Cheese Ball Appetizers

Rolled in nuts or spiked with wine and herbs, these easy cheese balls tempt party guests to nibble with abandon. From blue cheese to cream cheese to cheddar, these appetizer recipes for cheese balls are easy fixes with crackers, chips, and crudites.

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Dilled Onion Cheese Ball and variations

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Play with the shape or flavor of the cream cheese mixture to create a dilly of a party appetizer.

Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

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This goat cheese ball is an easy fix for last-minute entertaining. Roll the cheese in snipped herbs and cracked pepper for a treat with zing.

Whoo-Hoo Hooty

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Serve this easy cheese spread with fruit or crackers at your next party. Shape it like an owl for extra fun.

Nutty Cheese Log


Guests will enjoy this cheesy, pecan-coated appetizer flavored with Dijon mustard, orange flavor drink mix, garlic powder and hot pepper sauce.

Total: 3 hrs 15 mins
Total: 15 mins

Dilled Onion Cheese Ball

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Make-ahead appetizer cheese balls are easily transformed into the flavor of your choice. Try gouda, prosciutto-basil, or spicy taco. Take them tailgating or pull them out for a party at home.

Cheshire Cat Cheese Ball

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Garlic-Feta Cheese Spread

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Feta provides a tangy backdrop for garlic and herbs in this party spread, which pairs nicely with fresh vegetables.

Total: 15 mins

Smoky Cheese Ball

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Smoked cheddar and steak sauce add a depth to this nut-covered cheese ball. Smoked gouda is a great substitute in this easy party appetizer.

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls

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Home Run Cheese Ball

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This cheese ball recipe is made of cream cheese, lip-smacking taco cheese, and ballpark peanuts. It's sure to get the gang into the swing of things.

Total: 4 hrs 10 mins

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Our Best Appetizer Recipes

We've got the best appetizer recipes you're sure to enjoy. From hot melted cheese to easy holiday appetizers, we've got appetizer recipes that are sure to please every party-goer.

A Craving for Cranberries

Betcha when you think "cranberries," you almost automatically think "sauce" -- and no doubt, cranberries do a noble job serving as the sweet-tart foil to Thanksgiving's main event: the turkey. But these ruby-red berries are incredibly versatile--they have a bright, fruit-forward flavor that lends itself to appetizers (especially those with mild cheese), drinks (from cocktails to refreshing teas and punches), side dishes (they add a nice crunch, color, and spark to rice), and desserts, where they play nicely with a whole host of other fruits and spices. Plus, that slight sourness is a boon when you're pairing the berries with ubersweet ingredients like apples, apricots, and peaches.

New Year's Eve with the Kids (Yes, It Can Still Be Fun)

If life were like the movies, we'd all ring in the new year at fabulous parties, dressed to the nines, sipping Champagne and kissing our beloveds under a shower of confetti as the clock chimes midnight. In reality, many of us -- especially those of us with kids -- spend our New Year's Eve at home, dressed in pajamas and sipping hot tea as we watch thousands of chilly New Yorkers count down to the ball drop in Times Square. Between those two extremes, there's a way to have a New Year's Eve celebration at home that's both festive and kid-friendly.

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