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There is nothing more amazing than a huge cheese ball that can be served with crackers on game day. If you love to have your baked potato loaded with butter, sour cream, chives, cheese, and bacon, then this Loaded Baked Potato (Bacon Ranch) Cheese Ball is for you!
I could eat cheese boards, cheese platters, and cheese balls every single day of the week. I love cheese! A get-together is not complete without a tray of some sort of cheese appetizer. When it comes to watching the Big Game, you don’t want to get too fancy with the cheese plate; that’s why this cheese ball recipe with bacon, made with popular ingredients by Kraft Heinz, is absolutely perfect for a sports-loving crew. Head to Walmart to grab all the ingredients you need for this recipe, as well as the MVPs of paper products from Sparkle®, Vanity Fair®, and Dixie® to get yourself set up for the Big Game, Christmas or Thanksgiving gatherings.
You are definitely going to need some napkins, plates, and cups for your gathering. You need napkins that are strong enough to wipe off the sauces around your mouths and hands, which is why I picked up Vanity Fair® Extra Absorbent Napkins. These are a part paper towel and part napkin! You’ll need cups that are perfect for beverages, no matter if they are hot or cold, which makes Dixie® To-Go Cups the perfect choice. And you’ll need plates that are durable and strong enough to carry all the food you’ll have on your menu. Did you know Dixie Ultra Plates® can hold up to two pounds of food? With these MVPs, you won’t have to worry about cleaning up as much after the game, and your guests won’t have to worry about their food spilling off their plates!
The reason this is called the Loaded Baked Potato Cheese Ball is because once you bite into this delicious concoction on a cracker, it is going to taste just like a Loaded Baked Potato! No joke. Here’s why.
What are the ingredients in this Cheese Ball?
This Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball recipe is made with a few simple and basic ingredients:
- Philadelphia® Cream Cheese
- Ranch seasoning mix
- Kraft® Shredded Cheddar Cheese
The ingredients in this recipe are so simple and straightforward and that is what makes this recipe so awesome! You can purchase these ingredients anywhere!
How to make this Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball?
Stir all of these ingredients together and form it into a ball, and you are done! Once you have formed the cheeseball into a ball, wrap the ball in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. The final step is to roll the cheese ball in bacon bits, but do that when you are ready to serve. Yes, I just gave you the instructions on how to make this in a couple of sentences. That’s how easy this recipe is! That is my lane when it comes to creating food for you guys! I’m always going to take the approach of being simple, affordable, and doable.
What to serve with this cheese ball
To serve this cheeseball, I would place them in the middle of a serving platter and surround it with party crackers. But there are other items you can serve with this cheeseball as well. Here are some ideas:
- Carrot Sticks
- Celery Sticks
- Pita Chips
- Tortilla Chips
- Bagel Chips
You can even turn this cheeseball into mini cheese ball bites. That is where you can take a heaping tablespoon of the cheeseball roll them into small balls and coat in the chopped bacon. That way your guest can grab a ball, put it on their plate, and go!
As you celebrate your favorite sports teams and watch those super funny commercials, make this quick and easy game day appetizer that will wow everyone!
Commonly Asked Questions
Because there are fresh chives in this recipe, I wouldn’t keep this cheeseball longer than a few days. If you do not have fresh ingredients it could last longer, maybe about one week.
Yes! You can freeze this recipe and allow it to set out at room temperature to thaw. You can even freeze the cheeseball bites. This is a great approach if you know you are hosting a large sports party.
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Loaded Baked Potato Cheese Ball
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 16 servings (2 tbsp per serving) 1x
In just a few minutes you could have this Loaded Baked Potato Cheese Ball to serve a crowd. Made with a few simple ingredients, this is great for Game Day.
- 2 packages (16 ounces) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 packet (1 ounce) ranch dressing mix
- 4 slices OSCAR MAYER Naturally Hardwood Smoked Bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces, divided
- 1 cup KRAFT Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons chives, divided
- Add the cream cheese to a large mixing bowl and, using a wooden spoon or a hand mixer, stir until creamy.
- Add the ranch dressing mix, half of the bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and ¼ cup of chives to the cream cheese mixture. Stir until well mixed.
- Stir until the mixture forms roughly into a ball shape, then use your hands to mold it into a smooth ball.
- Mix the remaining chives and bacon pieces on a plate and roll the cream cheese ball in them to coat. Place on a serving tray and serve immediately or chill in the fridge until ready to serve, up to 2 hours.
Serve with crackers, chips and/or veggies.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Chill
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
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