Pimento Cheese Ball . . . this mild, creamy cheese ball is always a hit, and it is so easy to make! A perfect appetizer for any party or gathering.
New Years Eve is just around the corner, and appetizers like this cheeseball, hot sausage dip, and caramel apple dip are always popular at my house.
Pimento Cheese Ball
I grew up eating this cheese ball for just about every party at my house. We always had it for New Year’s Eve, and we often had it for Thanksgiving as well. Everyone in my family loved it, and we would finish it off in a matter of minutes.
It has a very mild flavor, so even younger kids like it. My kids like it best with buttery Ritz crackers, but I actually prefer it with Triscuits or Wheat Thins. Totally a matter of preference, so serve it with whatever your family likes!
Tips for making pimento cheese ball:
-Make sure that your cream cheese and butter are both at room temperature. If they have cold spots, you will end up with lumps. I like to take them out of the fridge several hours ahead of time, or even the night before.
-The mixture will be pretty soft after you beat it. It can be challenging to roll, so I like to press it into a plastic wrap lined bowl and chill it for about an hour. It will set up in the fridge and be much easier to work with.
-I like my nuts chopped really fine for a cheese ball. I use this nut chopper for my pecans, and it works like a charm! Much easier than pulling out a cutting board. I chop up a bunch of nuts and just store the chopper in the refrigerator.
How to make pimento cheese ball:
- cream cheese
- pimento cheese spread
- cheddar cheese
- garlic salt
- onion salt
Combine cream cheese, butter, pimento cheese spread, cheddar, garlic salt, and onion salt in a mixing bowl. Beat till smooth and creamy.
Line a small bowl with plastic wrap. Press cheese mixture firmly into bowl. Cover and chill for 30-60 minutes.
Remove plastic wrap and roll mixture into a ball. Roll in chopped pecans. Serve with crackers.
Finishing off your cheese ball:
I like to roll mine in chopped pecans, but you can use what you like. You could also roll it in sliced almonds or chopped walnuts. If you don’t like nuts, you can roll it in fresh herbs like parsley, or even roll it in bacon.
I usually just make one large cheese ball, but you can make two smaller cheese balls if you prefer. You may need a few extra nuts if you go that route.
More tasty cheese ball recipes:
- Ranch Bacon Cheese Ball Bites
- Bacon Cheese Ball
- Easy Orange Cranberry Cheese Ball
- Ranch and Ham Cheese Ball
- Roasted Almonds
- Creamy Spinach Dip
- Bacon Cheese Dip
- Chili Cheese Dip
- Stuffed Pretzel Bites
- Bacon Appetizers
Pimento Cheese Ball Recipe
Pimento Cheese Ball
This mild, creamy cheese ball is always a hit, and it is so easy to make! A perfect appetizer for any party or gathering.
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 5 oz jar pimento cheese spread
- 3/4 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
- Dash of garlic salt
- Dash of onion salt
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
- Combine all ingredients but nuts in a mixing bowl. Beat till smooth.
- Line a small bowl with plastic wrap. Press cheese mixture firmly into bowl. Cover and chill for 30-60 minutes.
- Remove plastic wrap and roll mixture into a ball. Roll in chopped pecans.
- Serve with crackers.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 202mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g
Could I make this a day before?
Yes, you can definitely make it a day before and chill it until you are ready to serve it. I actually like to take my cheese balls out of the fridge 30-40 minutes before serving so they soften up a bit.
What kind of pimento cheese do you use? I don’t know if I have seen it in a jar before in my area.
I used the Kraft pimento cheese spread. You can usually find it at Walmart.
kraft makes pimento cheese spread in a small jar, your store should have it.
Love this idea! Making this for my next party!
I couldn’t stop eating this — LOVE pimento cheese!
Pimento cheese is my favorite! I never thought to turn it into a cheese ball. This is going on our New year’s day munchies menu!
I love cheese balls and this is such a yummy flavor combo!
This cheese ball is so easy and out of this world delicious!
So glad to hear you enjoyed it!