I made a cheese ball. It was amazing.
My coworker Rebecca introduced me to this recipe, and it may be the best thing I’ve ever eaten. I think it’s pretty standard, as far as cheese balls go. I found similar recipes across the interwebs, but know that this specific recipe is Accidental Okie approved. And when I say approved, I mean that I might have eaten the leftovers for breakfast.
It’s really easy, too. Two blocks of cream cheese. I used neufchatel cheese – the low-fat version of cream cheese.
In my head, it’s pronounced new-fan-chang-el. I have a suspicion that might not be correct.
About three-fourths cup of mayo.
The green and white parts of three green onions, thinly sliced..
One heaping teaspoon of dried dill. Mmmmm.
And Bacon. How did I forget to take a picture of the bacon? It’s a disaster!!!!
Add about five slices of cooked and chopped bacon, or about a cup of smoked bacon pieces. But really, add however much you want. Because when has anyone ever said, “Oh no! I added too much bacon to that recipe!” Never – that’s when.
I had a bag of smoked bacon pieces from Costco similar to these in my fridge, so I used them. They’re not bacon bits – but real smoked bacon.
If you don’t add bacon, add salt to taste.
Roughly chop about a cup-and-a-half of pecans.
Mound into a half sphere on your serving plate and coat with pecans.
And you’re finished. Make sure to wipe off the rim of the plate of any rogue cheese smears and chill for at least 30 minutes. You can make it the day before.
Serve with crackers or veggies (if you’re healthy like that). I served mine with Glutino Snack Crackers. They are these amazing new gluten-free crackers. I used both the Sea Salt and Rosemary & Olive Oil flavors. All the gluten-free people and non gluten-free people thought they were delish.
- 2 8-ounce blocks of cream cheese or neufchatel cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 3 green onions, green and white parts thinly sliced
- 5 slices bacon, cooked and chopped - or - about 1 cup chopped bacon
- 1 tsp dried dill
- 1.5 cups pecans, roughly chopped
- Mix the softened cheese and mayo in a stand mixer or hand blender until they're combined. Add the onions, bacon and dill. Mix until combined. Form into a half sphere on a plate and coat with pecans.
- Chill for 30 minutes before serving.