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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Beef Cheese Ball

I made this to take to the Alpha Chi Omega Charlotte Alum Christmas Event. It was a recipe swap and ornament decorating party! What a great party idea right? I was so excited to go to this since it involved making an appetizer or dessert and sharing the recipe AND doing something crafty! 3 other Clemson girls and I went together and we had a great time :)

p.s. my sister gave me this snowman platter a few Christmases ago... isn't it so cute?! he has a red hat you can't see in the picture.

Beef Cheese Ball

-8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temp (I used red. fat)
-2.25 oz. jar of dried beef, finely diced
-½ tsp onion powder
-1 ½ tsp Worchestershire sauce
-Dash of celery salt
-Dash of garlic salt
-½ - ¾ cup grated cheddar cheese
-½ cup chopped pecans
-Dried parsley - use your own judgement, it's mainly for color

Serve with crackers

Mix first 7 ingredients and shape into ball. Spread pecans and sprinkle parsley on wax paper. Roll ball in pecans and parsley until covered. Place a half pecan on top if desired. Chill for a few hours before serving. Make sure to pull it out of a the fridge about 20 minutes before serving so it can soften a little. This also freezes well if you want to make it ahead of time and thaw before using.

this is the dried beef I use

all done rollin' around
I got fancy and put the recipe on these recipe cards Homemade by Jill created. The recipe swappers were impressed!

When I made the beef cheese ball, I actually made 2 so that I would also have one for the Gingerbread House party... sneaky I know but also time saving. It was a big hit! Both times I served it, people loved it. Many didn't believe I had made it since it seems so fancy but now you know that it's really simple!

Would be wonderful for quickly approaching super bowl parties. Let me know if you try it out. Enjoy!

Linking up to these parties:


  1. I love this cheese ball and ritz crackers! I haven't had it in sooo long that you made me want it! I think I will do it soon! thank u, brooke
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

  2. I *love* this recipe! My version is the same but top with pecans, bake and serve warm. Leftovers are awesome on bagels or toast!

  3. I've never seen a beef cheese ball before! It sounds really good. Can you find the dried beef at most stores? I've never noticed it before.

    If you get a chance, I'd love for you to link up to my What's Cooking Wednesday!

  4. Thanks Courtney! Yes I believe dried beef would be easy to find. I got mine at Super Walmart and have seen it at grocery stores too. I think it is on the same aisle as other canned meats like tuna, spam, etc. Hope that helps!

  5. Cute presentation and I'm sure it was fantastic! I've made a hot version and agree with the post above, it was the best bagel topping I've ever had:@)

  6. Hi Emily! I just wanted to let you know that I gave you a Stylish Blogger Award! See my post here:

  7. Lovely recipe. This is nice for birthdays I guess. Nice work.

  8. Thank you Rachael! Can't wait to add the button to my blog!

  9. Hi Emily! Here's the link to the hot one I make, hope you love it if you try it:@)

  10. Thanks so much for linking up to last week's What's Cooking Wednesday! I need to run by Walmart (when I can venture in there... it's always so crazy there!) still and look for the ingredients to try this out!

    I hope you'll stop by this week and link up more awesome recipes :)

    1/19 What's Cooking Wednesday

  11. WOW! I have never heard of a Beef Cheese Ball! I have to try this!! Thanks s much for linking up to Try It Tuesday at Dot Dot Dot!! Made my day!!

  12. That looks wonderful!
    I love cheese balls!
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  13. This is by far my favorite cheese ball! I could eat a whole one! Ok, maybe not but I could def put a dent in one! ;-)


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