Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball for a Holiday Party

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This past weekend we had a holiday party with a bunch of our friends.   I really love entertaining because it’s my time to shine as a cook and baker.   I enjoy choosing new recipes and making them for my friends to try.  Baking wise I had everything planned out and decided on using some of my favorite cupcake and fudge recipes from the past.   That meant I wanted to make some new appetizer recipes.

Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball: Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Everyone loves crackers with cheese and different dips.  It’s always a favorite of mine and my friends.   I often buy a cheese ball, cut up a few types of cheese, and pair it with crackers.   I went to Target looking for a way to do a fun twist on the classic cheese and crackers.   I first went to the crackers aisle and picked up several boxes of Town House Crackers.   They have so many different varieties I had a hard time choosing which ones I wanted!   I finally bought the original crackers, the pretzel thins, and the pita crackers.   I knew I wanted to serve the pita crackers with hummus and the pretzel thins with the cream cheese covered with homemade jalapeno jam.

Then I looked at the original crackers and the idea to make my own cheese ball came to mind.   I love a good cheddar cheese ball but I wanted to do something different with it.  After looking up and down the aisles I finally decided on a Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball.   I love the jalapeno bacon combination in so many different things and knew it would be a hit in a cheese ball.

Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

When I got home I got to work frying the bacon while combining the ingredients for the cheese ball.   When I got everything together in the bowl I tasted it to make sure it was good.   Let me tell you, it wasn’t just good, it was great!   There was a ton of flavor from the cheddar cheese and bacon and the jalapenos gave it a nice kick.  The only problem was that it was super sticky and I had no idea how I was going to keep it together.

An easy and delicious Homemade Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

My eyes fell on the box of Town House original crackers.   I took one of the 4 sleeves out and crushed them up.   I divided the mixture into two cheese balls.   Then I rolled each cheese ball in the cracker crumbs.  They easily stuck to the cheese ball and looked pretty great.   Since I was serving the cheese ball with Town House crackers it was perfect to cover the cheese ball with the crackers.

Holiday Party Food: Homemade Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

I only planned on serving one cheese ball at our holiday party and keeping the other one for my husband and I but it was such a hit I put out the second one and it was gone within minutes.  I actually think I like my cheese ball better then the ones I purchase at the store!

Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball: Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball for a Holiday Party

Yield: serves 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A twist on the classic cheese ball using jalapenos, crispy bacon, and cheddar cheese.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 jalapenos, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 1 t. sea salt
  • Town House Original Crackers

Instructions

  1. Fry the bacon in a pan until browned. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel lined plate. Allow the grease to drain and then chop the bacon. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, garlic cloves, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and salt. Mix well until combined. Set aside.
  3. Place one sleeve of Town House Crackers in a plastic baggie. Pound with your fist or a crab mallet until the crackers are reduced to crumbs.
  4. Place the cracker crumbs in a shallow dish.
  5. Divide the cheese ball mixture in half. Roll each half into a ball. Roll each ball in the cracker crumbs coating it completely.
  6. Wrap the cheese balls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Notes

A Hezzi-D Original Recipe

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 587mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

    Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball made with Town House Crackers!

 

4 Comments

  1. I don’t know if I have a favorite holiday recipe, but I do love me a great cheese ball!! Yum! I’ve never really thought much about trying to make my own though. It’s a great idea though.

  2. As a huge fan of cheese dips, I have never thought to add bacon and jalapenos! That sounds delicious with the Town House Original Crackers! #client

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