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How To Make A Great Cheeseball In 5 Minutes

Published: February 3, 2021 • 
Last Modified: January 3, 2024
Published: January 3, 2024

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A cheeseball in 5 minutes? Yes! This recipe is exceptionally easy to make in a food processor!

Don't have a food processor? Grate the cheese by hand and use your hand mixer. I did it that way for years. Still, it's ready in minutes!

This cheeseball recipe uses only the simplest of pantry ingredients. There's nothing fancy here! It's been a family favorite at our house since I don't know when, thanks to my friend Kim! It's sure to be a hit at your Super Bowl get-together!

It keeps well in the refrigerator for several days, too. In fact, during the holidays, I like to make some ahead of time. Just add a bow and a box of crackers. It makes a welcome gift.

Great Cheeseballs Begin When You Grate Great Cheese

The best cheese for this recipe is sharp cheddar you grate yourself. Yes, I know you're busy. Yes, I know buying the pre-shredded stuff is faster and easier.

Here's the deal, though: a bag of shredded cheese costs way more, has preservatives, and is coated with some weird stuff that keeps it from sticking together in the bag. Who needs that?

It's crazy how fast you can grate an 8-ounce block of cheese, especially with a food processor. Hint: either way, it's easier when the cheese is really, really cold.

If you use a food processor, grate the cheese, dump it on waxed paper, and set it aside while you mix the rest of the ingredients.

Whirl Together The Rest Of The Ingredients

Start by swirling the cream cheese until it's soft. Then, all you do is add the rest of the ingredients and whirling them together. Scrape down the sides a time or two. (I did this for years with a hand mixer!)

Add the shredded cheese and mix it with all the other goodies!

Dump the mixture back onto that waxed paper and use your hands to shape it into a ball. It will be about the size of a softball.

Put the chopped nuts in a small, shallow bowl and plop that yummy ball of cheese on top of the chopped nuts.

Now press the cheeseball into the chopped nuts, turning it as you go. Keep going until the entire surface of the cheese is coated. So slick!

A Big Beautiful Cheeseball For The Win

There's just something about a cheeseball that says, "party." Who will be the first to stab through the crunchy, nutty exterior and plunge into the creamy, savory heart of the untouched cheeseball?

Ideally, make this cheeseball early in the day you plan to serve it. It would be even better if you made it the night before. That way, all the flavors get better when they've had a while to get to know each other.

Serve this tasty cheeseball with crisp crackers. The mixture is full-bodied, so a non-wimpy cracker works best. Thin wheat, melba toast, or water crackers would work great!

Now, all that's left for you to do is collect the compliments! This would be a welcome addition to the snack board at the Super Bowl party!!

I used half of an 8-ounce block of cream cheese when I made this. I can always think of something to do with the other half! You can use a 3-ounce package. I often double the recipe and make two cheeseballs because they keep so well.


Yield: 15

Five-Minute Cheeseball

closeup of cheeseball

Quick and tasty cheeseball that goes together easily with the simplest pantry ingredients.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 8 ounce block of sharp cheddar cheese, grated.
  • 3 ounce package of cream cheese (or one half of an 8 ounce package)
  • 2 Tbsp instant minced onion
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp sweet pickle relish or chopped sweet pickle
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • Few drops of Tabasco sauce to taste
  • 1 cup chopped nuts for coating the cheeseball


  1. Grate the cheddar cheese and set it aside.
  2. Soften the cream cheese.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients except the nuts. Mix the ingredients well.
  4. Add the grated cheddar cheese to the cream cheese mixture. Mix well.
  5. Put the cheese mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper. Use your hands to form it into a ball.
  6. Put the chopped nuts into a small bowl.
  7. Put the cheeseball into the bowl of nuts. Press the cheeseball into the nuts, turning as you go, until it is completely covered.
  8. Wrap tightly in plastic film.
  9. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to allow the flavors to develop.


If you have a food processor, this is a snap!

I'll bet you have a game day party coming up, and party food is expected. Who's watching the National College Football Playoffs? Are you glued to March Madness? Please keep this recipe in mind when the holidays roll around, too!

You might also like these old favorites, Amazing Bacon Crack or Dried Beef Dip In A Bread Boat, which will surely be a hit. Do you have a favorite appetizer that makes everyone beg for the recipe? Well, I'm begging for your recipe!!

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Love, GB (Betty Streff)

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