Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

Bacon, ranch flavor, green onions, cheddar cheese, and crunchy pecans come together in this amazing cheese ball!  It is my absolute favorite and most popular cheeseball on the site and will be a hit wherever it goes!
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I made this cheeseball the first year that I was blogging.  It quickly became the most popular cheeseball on my site and is my absolute favorite.   Needless to say, the picture was in need of a makeover. :)
December is full of holiday parties and get togethers.  And in my opinion, cheeseballs are a must at any gathering!  They are delicious and so simple to make.   This cheeseball has so many amazing flavors combined.   Ranch flavor, green onions, cheddar cheese, and crunchy pecans.  And don’t forget the bacon.  Bacon makes everything better and adds such great flavor!
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The year that I made this, I was looking for a fun new neighbor gift idea.  I decided to divide the cheeseball up and give them to my neighbors with some crackers.  It was a huge hit.  My dad loved it so much that he made me come and make some for his neighbors.  Man, the perks of having your daughter be The Recipe Critic! 😉
baconranchcheeseballI know that you will enjoy this recipe just as much as our families and neighbors did!  You can’t ever go wring with such a delicious flavor combination!  People will be asking you for the recipe and it is sure to be a huge hit!
This is definitely a five star cheeseball in my book!
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Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball
 
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Bacon, ranch flavor, green onions, cheddar cheese, and crunchy pecans come together in this amazing cheese ball! It is my absolute favorite and most popular cheeseball on the site and will be a hit wherever it goes!
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 (8 oz each) packages cream cheese
  • 1 (1 oz.) packet dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 pieces of bacon, fried and crumbled
  • ¼ cup chopped black olives, optional
  • 1 cup pecans or almonds, finely chopped for coating
Instructions
  1. Mix together the cream cheese and dry ranch packet. I put mine in the mixer and used the paddle attatchment. That made it so easy. Otherwise, mix in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Add the cheese, onions, olive if using and bacon. If you are short on time, buy the real bacon bits and add about a ½ cup.
  3. Shape into a ball. Roll it in the nuts to coat the outside. You can make one big ball or two smaller ones.
  4. Keep it stored in the refrigerator.
Notes
The first time that I made this recipe I used almonds. But since I only had pecans on hand I used them. Feel free to use whichever you would like! I also forgot the sliced olives (again!) but that would be a yummy addition as well!
Recipe adapted from Awesome Recipes
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Alyssa is the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. She has a passion for cooking and loves creating and trying new things. All of the recipes that she posts are "tried and true" and tested out by her family. She believes in keeping things simple and delicious so that you can bring your family together at the dinner table.
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Comments

  1. Bacon does make everything better! So excited to try this. I think my hubby may just die when he sees it! 😉

  2. Made it last week for a shower trial run and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing a great recipe. Easy, quick and tasty!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing! I made this like three times, and it’s always a huge hit. I love this recipe so much that I’m linking your page to my blog. Take care!

  4. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you really know what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please also visit my website =). We could have a link exchange arrangement between us!
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  5. I wanted some clarification on the Ranch packet mix……the “buttermilk” only comes in 0.4 oz. dry packets where as the REGULAR ranch dry mix comes in 1 oz. packets. IS THERE A DIFFERENCE? Thanks!

  6. I made this today for tomorrow’s New Years munchies. Had a taste and it is so yummy. Sans olives as very few people in my family like them we put those yucky things in a bowl for those who do like them lol 😉Happy New Year and thanks for sharing your recipe 😊🎆

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  1. […] Ingredients: 2 (8 oz each) packages cream cheese (I used the fat free) 1 (1 oz.) packet dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated 4 green onions, thinly sliced 5 pieces of turkey bacon, fried and crumbled 1/4 cup chopped black olives, optional pecans or almonds, finely chopped for coating For directions and to print go to: http://therecipecritic.com/2012/12/bacon-ranch-cheese-ball/ […]

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