Classic Southern Cheese Ball

It wouldn’t be Christmas without parties, Santa, and, in the South, a classic cheese ball sitting on the appetizer table.

Deep in the heart of Southern hospitality, we know all parties must include the culinary charm of a Classic Southern Cheese Ball. Born from a tradition steeped in warmth and flavor, this iconic appetizer is a testament to the region’s love affair with soulful, satisfying fare. The rich flavors of sharp cheddar and cream cheeses come together with a dash of Southern seasoning, all wrapped in the perfect package of pecans. A true emblem of the South’s culinary heritage, the Classic Southern Cheese Ball invites you to experience the tradition of the holidays.

Recipe for Classic Cheese Ball

1 pound (2 blocks) cream cheese, softened
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated (do not use pre-shredded) 
2 green onion, chopped
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup pecans, finely chopped

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients except pecans. Taste and adjust flavors to your liking. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl and gather the mixture into one lump. Lightly grease your hands and form the mixture into a round ball. 

Place the chopped pecans on a plate. Hold the cheese ball in one hand and use the other hand to scoop the pecans onto the outside of the ball, pressing them in gently and turning the ball to coat all sides. 

Cover the cheeseball in cling wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow it to firm up. Take it out of the refrigerator about 25 minutes before serving to allow it to soften just slightly.

Serve with your favorite crackers!