Cheese balls recipe | PopSugar food

My semi-homemade alter ego pops up from Sandra Lee when I make things like cheese balls. When I turn the seasoning into cream cheese, it doesn’t look pretty at first. But I know the result will look as polished as fine French cheese, and the peppery cheese ball will be the first clean-up snack at the party. I mean, who can resist a good cheese ball?

For years, I grew up eating my own cheese ball during the holidays, but the cheese ball is suitable for any kind of gathering. They are seasoned with a can of ranch sauce, and I thought I’d try making a similar cheese ball but with fresh herbs and ingredients.

I chose to stick with a pepper seasoning topping, but beware: This cheese ball is a little spicy and garlicky (in the best way possible, of course!). This cheese ball is like scattering spicy cream of ranch on top of a biscuit. If that’s not your thing, cover the cheese ball with dried fruits like cranberries and toasted nuts like pecans or almonds.


Use Lawry’s Seasoned Pepper to cover the cheese ball if you can find it. My groceries don’t carry it, which is why I used a mix of different spices. Leaving the coated cheese ball in for a few hours or overnight will give the seasoning enough time to rehydrate and infuse the flavors of garlic and pepper into the cream cheese.

Cheese balls recipe


  1. 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
    1 clove garlic
    1/2 bunch chives, thinly sliced
    1/3 cup chopped Italian parsley
    1/2 lemon, squeezed
    1 ounce (1/3 container) McCormick Perfect Roasted Garlic and Bell Pepper
    2 teaspoons crushed black pepper, or more to taste
    1 package of crackers


  1. Mince the garlic and add a little salt. Mash the garlic and salt mixture with the flat side of a knife until a paste forms.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together garlic paste, chives, parsley, lemon juice, and cream cheese until well combined. Use a spoon to form a ball of cream cheese. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch.
  3. In a small casserole dish or other flat-top dish, mix McCormick seasoning with pepper. Add more pepper if you want it to be spicier. Take the cheese ball and roll it in the spice mixture, patting the spices on the ball, until the ball is completely covered.
  4. Place the cheese ball on a small plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Serve cheese balls with biscuits.

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