5 Cheese Cheeseball

Here in Texas, football season is in full swing

Friday Night Lights B&W

Whether it’s Friday nights watchin’ the boys on the field or couch coaching, football season means delicious food and fun.

Appetizers are a huge part of footballin’ and a couple of weeks ago I was inspired by a box of Ritz crackers to break out of my own comfort zone and make a cheesy appetizer which has here-to-fore never graced a table in my home.

football cheeseball

That’s right – the cheeseball.

I’ve often been accused of being a cheeseball, marrying a cheeseball and giving birth to two cheeseballs – but I have never before made a cheeseball.

Until a trip to H-E-B and a box of Ritz Crackers inspired me

I have a love for green onions

green onions

and parmesan cheese


the fact that those two ingredients were featured in the recipe on the box, inspired me to throw caution to the wind and make my first cheeseball.

I was surprised by how easy it was and absolutely thrilled by how delicious it turned out to be.

football cheeseball whole
A friend of mine told me that she typically hates cheeseballs, but since I made it she decided to give it a taste.

Rumor has it that she was seen dippin’ and double dippin’ the cheeseball…….


football cheeseball


This recipe is SO easy and SO delicious!  If you’ve never made a cheeseball, this is the recipe that you should make your cheeseballin’ debut with.


5 Cheese Cheeseball
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Savory, creamy cheeseball. Perfect for superbowl, holidays or just because.
Recipe type: appetizer
Serves: 1 cheeseball
  • Inspired by this recipe by Ritz
  • 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1½ C favorite cheese blend, I recommend a 4 cheese blend with sharp cheddar
  • ¾ C fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ C mayonnaise
  • ½ bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 C chopped pecans
optional - if you're making a football shaped cheeseball
  • Pimiento strips for lacing
  1. In a stand mixer or with a good hand mixer, blend together: parmesan cheese, cream cheese and cheese blend. Add in green onions, red pepper flakes and mayonnaise.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  3. Shape into a ball or whatever shape your sports/party related theme calls for
  4. Press pecans into the cheeseball until coated and then decorate with pimiento strips (if desired)
  5. Serve with crackers, chips, carrots and celery sticks


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  1. says

    Love this! SO awesome on so many levels! One, I need a good cheeseball recipe and two, it’s shaped like a football!!! FUN! I’d LOVE for you to link this up to the College Football Tailgate link party (one BIG, on-going link party with a new post up each Saturday)!

  2. says

    Thank you for hosting! This week I have shared the following seasonal farm-to-table recipes that promote the benefits of good health through nutrition from eating fresh unprocessed seasonal produce:

    fried egg salad

    potato and leek soup (vegan)

    wild rice salad

    Happy cooking!
    The Intentional Minimalist

  3. says

    I have never made a cheese ball either…but I have no problem polishing one off:-) This sounds easy enough to attempt for our next party. Thank you for sharing and hosting:-)

  4. says

    I’m with you on not being a total cheeseball fan – at leat not the food kind. Buuuuuut this sounds worth trying – mainly because of the green onions and parmesean! Mmmm.


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