Yesterday I prepared a delicious cheddar bacon cheese ball as an appetizer for Thanksgiving. My recipe is incredibly easy. I started by frying the bacon. Because I was just going to crumble the bacon anyway, I just plopped the entire package in a frying pan and fried the bacon up. The key to frying the bacon for this recipe is to make sure the bacon is absolutely crispy. Chewing bacon is just no good in a cheese ball! To ensure that my bacon was cooked to a crisp, I drained away the bacon fat halfway through frying and then drained the fat again at the end.
While the bacon was cooking, I softened the cream cheese in a bowl. All I did was put the bowl in the microwave for about twenty seconds. I then added the mayonnaise and shredded cheddar cheese to the bowl. My husband was kind enough to help me by grating the block of cheese for me.
Once the bacon was cooked, I drained as much fat from the cooked meat as possible. I then dumped the cooked bacon onto a pile of paper towels and blotted away as much remaining grease as I could. I also used the blotting process as a way to begin crumbling the crispy bacon. Then I added the bacon to the bowl of cream cheese and stirred. I stirred and stirred until all the bacon was smooshed up into little pieces and all of the ingredients were combined. Finally I transferred the finished cheese ball to a pretty serving ball. For the sake of simplicity, I am just serving this appetizer in a bowl this year; however, you always have the option of making one or more cheese balls from the mixture. Bon appetite!
- 2 8-ounces packages of cream cheese
- 1 pound of bacon
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- Allow the cream cheese to soften.
- Fry the bacon until crispy.
- Remove the oil from the cooked bacon using paper towels.
- Finely chop the cooked bacon.
- Combine the cream cheese, bacon, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise.
- Form the mixture into a ball.
- Allow to chill for three to four hours before serving.
- Refrigerate any uneaten bacon cheddar cheese ball.
Cheddar Bacon Cheese Ball Recipe © 2011 Heather Johnson
Cheddar Bacon Cheese Ball © 2011 Heather Johnson
Frying the Bacon © 2011 Heather Johnson
Softening the Cream Cheese © 2011 Heather Johnson
Adding the Mayo © 2011 Heather Johnson
Adding the Cheddar Cheese © 2011 Heather Johnson
Blotting and Crumbling the Bacon © 2011 Heather Johnson
Stirring the Cheese Ball Ingredients © 2011 Heather Johnson
Finished Cheddar Bacon Cheese Ball © 2011 Heather Johnson