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Ham-Cheddar Cheese Ball

With the classic combo of ham and cheese, this spread is a year-round favorite at our house. For football parties, shape the mixture into a football and add strips of Swiss for the laces. —Michele Moore, Mooresville, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 cups


  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 slice Swiss cheese
  • Assorted crackers


  • Place ham and onion in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add cheddar cheese; pulse until blended. Add cream cheese; process until smooth.
  • Shape cheese mixture into a football; press pecans into cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • Cut Swiss cheese into strips; arrange over top for laces. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers): 108 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 162mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Kathryn
    Feb 12, 2021

    Easy to make - it was THE HIT of all the appetizers for the Super Bowl. Will make again.

  • Mary Ellen
    Feb 3, 2021

    Heather and those of you that can’t use nuts to roll it in, here’s a few suggestions: crisp crumbled bacon, pretzel food processed to desired crumb, ritz crackers or pita crackers crushed to desired crumb size

  • Elaine
    Jan 30, 2018

    Sounds great!!! Definitely will be making it for my ball party this coming Sunday!To Heather - Jan 23 asked for suggestionsPs - for those that can’t have nuts.I will cover my cheeseball with Ritz crackers or pita crackers. ( food processor till crumbling , not too fine.Elaine.

  • shermanhenryfloyd
    Jan 27, 2018

    Have never made it with those French's Dried Onions but give it a try. They come in a can on our canned vegetable aisle. Give them a little "crush" and sprinkle them over your football shape.

  • Heather
    Jan 23, 2018

    Anyone have a suggestion as to what I could substitute for the pecans all over the cheeseball/football? I have to be careful with any nuts, so was wondering what other kind of crunchy thing I could put all over the cheeseball???

  • song_of_joy
    Feb 5, 2017

    Superbowl isn't so popular in Guadalajara, Mexico, where soccer is king. I made this today, leaving out the ham for our vegetarian guests, but found it a bit bland. So we tossed in some canned chipotles and fresh cilantro for zip, processed it all and shaped the football. The younger crown ate it with corn ships and absolutely loved it! Great idea, fun recipe. Thanks!

  • mrsh318
    Aug 18, 2016

    This is very tasty. I served to a few guys watching a football game. They loved it! I would definitely make it again. Might add a little kick to it like worcheshire sauce next time. Pecans were a nice addition.