Thanksgiving Cheese and Bacon Ball


Cheese balls are popular at most gatherings, but how to make it festive for Thanksgiving was my dilemma.  Then it came! Bacon!  Who doesn’t like bacon!


This cheese ball is full of tasty cheeses and chunks of bacon – and goes fantastic with homemade cheese crackers too!

What you need:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup chopped, cooked bacon
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 slices of bacon cooked crisp
  • Cheese wedge and pimento slice (head and waddle)

How to Do it:

Process the first five ingredients in a food processor just until it is mixed, but not doughy.


Place the cheese mixture on plastic and wrap.  Refrigerate 45 minutes to an hour.


Form a ball with the cheese and roll in the walnut pieces, making sure to cover all sides.  Place the cheese wedge on a toothpick, then carefully lace up the pimento.  Put the head on the front of the ball.

Gently break the bacon slices in half.  Using a butter knife, put slits in the back of the ball and slide the bacon slices in, pushing the cheese gently in place to hold it.  Place all the bacon slices in a fan shape.

Serve with crackers.

Makes a cheese ball about 6 inches in diameter


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8 Responses to Thanksgiving Cheese and Bacon Ball

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  2. Leigh says:

    This would go over so well with the men! Thanks for the great idea. Pinned.

  3. Erlene says:

    Yum! Bacon makes almost everything taste better. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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