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5 from 9 votes

The Ultimate Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

The ultimate cheese ball recipe made with creamy ranch flavored cream cheese, and plenty of bacon, cheese, and other tasty add-ins.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer recipe, cheese ball recipe
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 234kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 oz cream cheese , room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream (optional but recommended)
  • 1 oz package ranch seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups cheddar cheese , finely grated (divided)
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese , finely grated (divided)
  • 8 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled (divided)
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions (divided)
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds

Instructions

MAKE THE CHEESE BALL

  • To a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese, sour cream (if using), ranch seasoning, garlic powder, minced onion, salt and pepper.  Stir until well combined with a rubber spatula.
  • Add 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, all of the pepper jack cheese, half of the bacon, and half the green onions.  Stir until mixed.
  • Lay out a large sheet of plastic wrap and drop cream cheese mixture onto it.  Cover tightly on all sides, and shape into a ball shape.  Refrigerate for several hours or overnight, until firm.

MAKE THE OUTER COATING

  • Add remaining 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, remaining bacon and green onions to a small mixing bowl.  Add in poppy seeds and refrigerate alongside the cheese ball.
  • Before rolling the cheese ball, add pecans and stir well.

BEFORE SERVING

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread out the outer coating in an even layer.
  • Remove plastic wrap and roll cheese ball in coating, making sure all sides are coated.  You may have to pick up some of the coating and press it so it sticks.
  • Serve immediately, or cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Notes

Prep time does not include chilling time, as that will vary from individual to individual.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 102mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 0.4mg