Football season is the time to break out the dips and appetizers, since half of the fun is eating food with friends as you yell at the screen. While the classics like jalapeño poppers, veggies and hummus, and spinach artichoke dip are always a crowd pleaser, it can also be fun to switch it up. This autumn cheese ball recipe is easy and delicious, ideal for the next party or game day!

Cheese Ball Appetizer

As much as I love a good dip, I can't picture many things more exciting than a whole ball of cheese. This easy appetizer recipe combines cream cheese and sharp cheddar cheese for a mix of flavors and textures. It also incorporates red onion, cranberries, sage, thyme, and chopped pecans, providing an irresistible mix of fall flavors in this classic cheese ball.

These homemade cheese balls can be enjoyed with pretzels, crackers, bagels, pita chips or even pieces of bread. Make them for the annual holiday party at New Years or Christmas, or enjoy them whenever you're feeling an indulgent, cheesy snack.

Along with being versatile and tasty, this party appetizer is super easy. Since you mix in all the ingredients in an electric mixer, no need for a mixing bowl. For extra flavor in this easy cheese ball recipe, add a tsp garlic powder, or use green onions, bacon bits, or black pepper. This good cheese ball to serve as a holiday appetizer, as you can play around with the flavors to best match your guests' palettes.

How to Make an Autumn Cheese Ball

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in the cheddar cheese, red onion, dried cranberries, sage and thyme, and mix until fully incorporated. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Remove cheese mixture from the fridge and roll into a ball using your hands to smooth. Roll entire ball in pecans and wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill 2 hours. Serve with crackers.

This post was originally published on September 24, 2018. 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp minced red onion
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp minced sage
  • 1 tsp fresh minced thyme
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • crackers to serve

Instructions

In an electric mixer beat cream cheese until smooth. Add the cheddar cheese, red onion, dried cranberries, sage and thyme, and mix until incorporated. Chill 30 minutes.

Remove cheese mixture from the fridge and roll into a ball using your hands to smooth. Roll entire ball in pecans and wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill 2 hours. Serve with crackers.

Notes

You can add a dash of hot sauce into the cheese mixture for a bit of heat. This is a total party pleaser.

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