“The Cheeseball”

I have been making this recipe for so long, I don’t even remember how I came across it.  All I knew is everyone loved it and there was no greater joy than watching my uncle gleefully go back for as many crackers as he could eat and be happy to take any leftovers off of our hands.  Sometimes, after making a dish for years,  you get burned out on making your “signature” dish  and someone else will offer to make it.  You give them the exact recipe and inevitably they decide that “eh, it didn’t need scallions” or omit something else that makes the cheeseball, well, the cheeseball!

Obviously, you can alter this however you like and make your own version that is suited to your family’s taste.   Use a little sour cream if you want a dip consistency, use fresh dill and garlic powder in lieu of the packaged powder if you’re looking to go “natural”, use ham over beef.  The possibilites are endless.

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“The Cheeseball”
“The Cheeseball”
Prep Time:
5 minutes
Total Time:
5 minutes
  • 3 blocked Neufchatel (1/3 less fat) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 packages of pressed beef (like Carl Buddig, not the jarred kind)
  • 1 bunch scallions, diced
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Powder (not the dip powder)
  • 1 box of crackers of your choice
  1. Cut off the root ends of the scallions and dice the whole bunch and set aside.
  2. Stack the pressed beef and cut into small, bite sized pieces.
  3. To a large bowl, add the 3 blocks of softened, low fat cream cheese then add the Hidden Valley Ranch powder.
  4. Mix the powder into the cream cheese and when it’s thoroughly combined, then add the chopped scallions and stir until it comes together.
  5. Add the cut pressed beef and stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  6. If you want to let the flavor develop, cover it and refrigerate overnight.
  7. When you’re ready to serve, transfer it to a platter or large plate and surround the cheeseball with your favorite crackers like butter rounds or wheat crisps. This is a hearty dip so the sturdier the cracker, the better!

Half the recipe for an intimate gathering. This recipe feeds a crowd of thirty with about 4-6 crackers per person.

Nutrition information
Serving Size: Varies- feeds a crowd

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