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Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

This mini bacon ranch cheese ball recipe is so easy to make and delicious! You only need 5 ingredients and 10 minutes to put this appetizer together. 

3 mini bacon ranch cheese balls with pretzel sticks

Sundays have been my favorite day of the week for a very long time. There is something about sitting down to watch football all day that really makes me happy.

Maybe it’s all the muscular men running around TV? Nah. It’s football food that really gets me going.

Sunday after Sunday, I watch football from noon to night – last year our team did badly but I still watched each week.

I am a football girl. I use the commercials to load up on plates of food and this year won’t be any different than years past.

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Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

Finger foods are my favorite food group (that is a food group, right?) and this mini bacon ranch cheese ball recipe is right up my alley.

Not counting the pretzel sticks, this is a 5-ingredient appetizer recipe. And it takes about 10 minutes to make all of the mini cheese balls. Most of that time will be spent making the shredded cheese and cream cheese mixture.

How’s that for scoring big!?

mini bacon ranch cheese ball on small white plate

The last time I made these mini cheese balls, I only put together half of the cheese balls. I saved the leftover cheese mix (with the bacon and parsley added of course) for a little get together I had.

Wouldn’t you know, my guests treated it like a cheese dip and devoured it all with chips. So if you decide not to make everything into cheese balls, you’re still set with a delicious recipe. Win, win.

bacon ranch cheese ball up close

A few recipe notes:

  • You can substitute chives or green onions for the parsley.
  • If you’re short on time, use precooked bacon or store-bought bacon bits.
  • You can make dry ranch dressing mix from scratch.
  • If you are watching your salt intake, use low-sodium bacon and half of the ranch dressing mix.
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Looking for more bite-size recipes? Try my bacon wrapped dates or my slow cooker sweet and spicy meatballs.

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Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

These mini bacon ranch cheeseballs are a great party appetizer. Serve on a pretzel stick or with chips on a platter. Small plates with individual portions would make a great display. You guests will love this popular holiday snack. Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween - any reason to throw parties! This is a make ahead recipe!! Leave out the bacon and its vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dry ranch seasoning
  • 1 cup finely chopped bacon (1 pound bacon)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • pretzel sticks

Instructions

  1. Add the softened cream cheese to a medium bowl and smooth with a spatula or a hand mixer. Add the cheddar cheese and ranch seasoning and mix until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the bacon and parsley.
  3. Use a melon baller to scoop out a ball of the cheese mixture. Use your hands to make sure it is in a ball and then roll it in the bacon mixture. Set aside.
  4. Repeat until all of the cheese balls are made. Place a pretzel stick in the middle of each cheese ball and serve.

Notes

If you are watching your sodium intake, use low-sodium bacon and half of the ranch seasoning.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1 mini cheese ball
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 252mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

This mini bacon ranch cheese ball recipe is so easy to make and delicious! If you’re looking for game day recipes, this is the perfect appetizer! | honeyandbirch.com
This mini bacon ranch cheese ball recipe is so easy to make and delicious! If you’re looking for game day recipes, this is the perfect appetizer! | honeyandbirch.com
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Vanessa Knopp

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Hi, I plan on making these for an office party. Is the parsley dried or fresh?

Jenny

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Hi Vanessa, I use fresh parsley.

Linda

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Hi! Can you substitute bottled ranch dressing?

Jenny

Wednesday 4th of September 2019

No, I don't believe that would work. It would make everything soggy.

Nancy

Monday 22nd of April 2019

These look great! Was going to make these, minus the pretzel sticks, for a couple that are on the Keto diet. However, I'm a bit confused about your nutritional profile. It says 1 serving = 1 ball and the carbs are 47.9 grams. That may be correct for the full recipe because there just isn't enough ingredients in 1 ball for all those carbs!

Jenny

Monday 22nd of April 2019

Hi Nancy, I use a nutrition calculator that is unfortunately not always correct. I just recalculated and I think it's correct now.

Connie Tramell

Saturday 1st of December 2018

So easy to make and they are Charming placed on a pretty dish . I wish I had used half a packet of the ranch dressing or less. Followed recipe exactl. Mixture was way too salty. I added more cheese to cut it down but it was still very salty. W ill make again using a teaspoon of dressing and then add graduallyr

Debbie

Monday 17th of August 2020

@Connie Tramell, the recipe only calls for 1tblsp of ranch dressing, not a whole packet

Cassie

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

I made these today for a party tomorrow and couldn't help but try some and oh my, they are so good. I mean these things are ridiculously delicious

Jenny

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

So glad to hear that Cassie! Happy Thanksgiving!

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