One of my all-time favorite holiday appetizers is the ubiquitous cheese ball. I’m not talking about the store-bought ones, but rather the irresistible homemade versions that taste a million times better. I have a couple of cheese ball recipes I love, and this easy one from my beloved Nana is among them. Back in the 80s, my grandma made a little cookbook to give to her children filled with all of her go-to holiday recipes, including her favorite Christmas fudge, the herb bread she makes every holiday season, and this tasty cheese ball. A few years ago, she reprinted the cookbook and gave all of us grandkids our own copies. It’s really fun to read through it and think about our family’s holiday food traditions.
This cheese ball is as easy to make as it is delicious. It takes about 10 minutes to put together from start to finish, and you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until party time. It tastes great with all kinds of crackers and breads, looks pretty on a serving plate, and gets rave reviews from everyone who tastes it. I’m excited that cheese ball season is here again and can’t wait to take this to one of my holiday parties this year!
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Salami Cheese Ball
3 8-oz bricks cream cheese, softened
8 oz salami, finely chopped
1 1-oz packet ranch dressing mix (the powder)
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped, divided
Combine the cream cheese, salami, ranch mix, and the white and light green parts of the onion. Mix with a spoon or a pair of clean hands until well combined. Form into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 2 hours. To serve, unwrap the cheese ball, put it on a serving plate, top it with the darker green parts of the chopped green onion, and serve with crackers or baguette slices.
This makes a really big cheese ball! If you want, you can cut the recipe in half and make 1 smaller cheese ball, or make the full recipe and form it into two smaller cheese balls. The cheese ball in the photos is half the recipe, and it’s a great size.
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