Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

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We are already in December!  I just thought it was the summertime.  Where does the time go?  December is full of holiday parties and family get togethers.  I feel like no holiday party is complete without a cheese ball.  I seriously love these things.  This cheese ball was awesome and didn’t last long with my family.  This is probably one of the best cheese balls that I have tried.  I mean seriously, bacon makes everything better!  The flavor was awesome and this was really simple to throw together.  I even thought of a great idea of making two smaller cheese balls and giving them to the neighbors with some crackers as a gift!  My dad has already volunteered me to make this for his neighbors.  Man the perks that these guys get to having The Recipe Critic as their daughter…. hehe

Rating: 5 stars Difficulty of Recipe: 2 stars
Things that I changed:  Nothing
Things that I would do differently next time:  I wanted to add the olives but didn’t have any on hand.  Next time I will for sure!
Will I make this again?  Yes.  Tomorrow for my dad! :)

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


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 and bacon.  If you are short on time, buy the real bacon bits and add about a 1/2 cup.  I just used fried up some turkey bacon.
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.
Recipe adapted form Awesome Recipes

Alyssa

Comments

  1. says

    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!

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