Addictive appetizer alert!! Ladies and gentlemen, do not count on eating one bite, or even two, of this yummy ranch cheeseball.
Our ranch cheeseball is loaded with bacon, green onions and cheddar cheese. Super flavorful, creamy and so addictive. Serve with some crackers or veggies and it makes such an awesome party food and appetizer!
A Ranch Cheeseball Recipe
The idea of a ranch cheeseball is simple, straight-forward yet such a genius.
We are basically combining cream cheese with ranch seasoning mix, and that by itself acts as a base and brings incredible creaminess and flavor to your cheeseball.
And then we add on some of our favorite ingredients to bring up the flavor profile of this ranch cheeseball (but know that you can and should get creative and go beyond what we’ve done)
We are adding some bacon (because bacon makes everything better), green onions, and cheddar cheese to the ranch cheeseball, bumping up the flavor profile and giving it incredible textures.
In addition, this 6-ingredient ranch cheeseball is also ridiculously easy to make, and can be made ahead very easily as well!
Bacon cheddar ranch cheeseball – perfect for the holiday season, game day, parties, potlucks, snacks for the kids, or seriously…any day you feel like you need a little cheeseball in your life for a pick-me-up.
Here are the ingredients needed for this ranch cheeseball recipe, and we will talk more about variations later!
- cream cheese – make sure it is softened before mixing it together
- ranch dressing – we are using the packet ranch dressing that comes in powdered form
- bacon – you can cook your bacon, or even get bacon crumbles as a shortcut
- cheddar cheese – use sharp, medium or mild cheddar cheese
- almonds – I like to get thinly shaved almonds to coat the cheeseball
- green onions – they bring a little burst of freshness to every bite!
How to make Ranch Cheeseball
It truly is EASY PEASY!
There’s the ranch cheeseball base and then we simply add other ingredients to it. But before we do so, let’s get the bacon cooking and prepare the ingredients that goes into our ranch cheeseball…
Cook five strips of bacon until it is crispy either in the oven or stove top. If using the oven, cook at 425 for 14-18 minutes, depending on thickness of bacon.
When they are done, cut bacon into small pieces.
Alternatively, if you want a shortcut, grab a bag of bacon bits from the store and use that instead. Bacon is already cooked and chopped up, and I can tell you it really saves time!
I find that if you get good quality bacon bits, they truly taste similar to fresh bacon.
Combine all ingredients
After bacon is done, chop up the green onions and prepare to bring everything together!
Combine all the ingredients (cream cheese, bacon, green onions, ranch seasoning mix, cheddar cheese) in a bowl.
The cream cheese should be slightly soften because it will make the combining process a lot easier.
If you did not get a chance to soften the cream cheese ahead of time, it will still be fine, you will probably need to put in some arm work to evenly combine all the ingredients.
Once the ingredients are combined, shape the mixture into a ball. The easiest way to do this is to wrap the mixture in a clear plastic wrap and gently mold the mixture into a ball with the clear plastic wrap wrapped around it.
Once the mixture is in a ball-like shape, place ranch cheeseball into the refrigerator for about an hour.
Coat in almonds
Once ranch cheeseball is firmed, remove wrap and cover the cheeseballs evenly with shaved almonds.
And it is as easy as that! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Let me count the many reasons why I love this bacon cheddar ranch cheeseball goodness…
- Deliciousness – Well, duh.
- Simple – as you noticed, it’s SO EASY!
- Make ahead – I love making this ahead of time, or even days, before parties, potlucks, holiday dinners. If I can make anything ahead of time, I DO IT!! It gives me so much more flexibility on the day.
- Bacon, bacon, BACON!!!!
Grab some buttery crackers (or veggies, if you choose to be tad bit healthier…) and dig up some of that ranch cheeseball. Because YOU MUST.
This is one of those appetizers that gets devoured quickly. The combination of flavors of the bacon, chopped green onions, ranch and cheese is out of this world!
That crunch from the almond could be one of my favorite part and the icing on top.
I know I’ll be making these again and again during this holiday season! 🙂 Join me!!!
Variations and Substitutions
As I mention earlier, think of ranch cheeseball as a base and feel free to substitute and bring in all your favorite ingredients and make it your own!
- meat – pepperoni, ham, proscuitto
- cheese – mozzarella, gouda, Colby jack etc work great as well!
- other ingredients – chives, other herbs or spices
- coat it with other nuts – chopped pecans are great on this as well!
- like it spicy? add some green chiles, jalapeño or cayenne
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Here are some of my other favorite appetizers! Check them out!
- Baked Cream Cheese Wontons
- Cranberry Baked Brie
- Avocado Corn and Black Bean Salsa
- Nectarine and Blueberry Brie Bites
- Bacon Deviled Eggs
- Mediterranean Layered Dip (by my friend Kathleen from The Fresh Cooky!)
- 5 strips bacon
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 tbsp ranch seasoning mix (powdered)
- 1/4 cup green onions chopped
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup shaved almonds
- 1 box buttery crackers
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees, line bacon (do not overlap) on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, bake for 14-20 minutes (see Note 1).
- Remove bacon and chop into small pieces. Slice green onions.
- In a bowl, combine softened cream cheese, bacon pieces, sliced green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, and ranch seasoning mix.
- Shape cheese mixture into a ball – use clear plastic wrap to wrap around the mixture and then shape into a ball. Refrigerate cheeseball wrapped in plastic wrap for about an hour, or until cheeseball is firmed.
- Remove cheeseball from fridge. Remove clear plastic wrap and coat the cheeseball with shaved almonds.
- Serve with buttery crackers. Enjoy!