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Traditional Christmas Cheese Ball

Traditional Christmas Cheese Ball

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I look forward to this simple, traditional cheese ball every year. It has been served during family Christmas Eve parties since before my time. The ingredients are few and inexpensive, and might be made year-round, but I reserve this one special appetizer for the holidays only to maintain its specialness. I love to serve Ritz crackers with the cheese ball to bring out its savory flavor.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 180 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 17.3 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs:
  • 2.8g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium:
  • 293 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Mix the cream cheese, beef, olives, onion, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl until evenly blended. Keeping the mixture in the bowl, scrape it into a semi-ball shape. Cover, and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
  2. Place a large sheet of waxed paper on a flat surface. Sprinkle with walnuts. Roll the cheese ball in the walnuts until completely covered. Transfer the cheese ball to a serving plate, or rewrap with waxed paper and refrigerate until needed.
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Reviews

rainbowgal
83
12/23/2010

My daughter makes this every year for Christmas & New Year's Eve.We leave the olives out & add some galic powder to it. Very easy & good!!!

tina
42
11/12/2009

really great!!

jrbaker
30
12/11/2011

This is a good, basic savory cheese ball. I mixed everything together in a food processor and it was super-easy. Just make sure the folks you will be serving it to like green olives.