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Ham and Cheese Ball

This recipe was given to me by Doris, who became my friend because we lived in the same neighborhood and our kids became Kindergarten friends. Now, our grown children are all over the map (literally) but we are still walking regularly and solving the world's problems. A friend like this, who knows everything about you and remains, is a true gift.

  • 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c mayonnaise
  • 2 - 8oz tins flaked ham
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon Tabasco
  • ½- 1 cup chopped nuts (for rolling in)
  1. Beat cheese and mayo until smooth. Stir in next 5 ingredients. 
  2. Cover and chill several hours. 
  3. Form into two balls - will be quite sticky, but as you roll it in the nuts, to cover, you can shape it. I like having several of these in the freezer at this time of the year, since they are no work on the day that you need to pull one out.
Update: This cheese ball is a great addition to a charcuterie board ... along with crackers, crusty baguette, salami, prosciutto, sweet and/or savory spreads, cheeses, gherkins, dried fruit, nuts, grapes, the variety is endless.


  1. oh how fantastic and such pantry ingredients. . .I do love cheese balls of every type.

    1. Oh me too. i just think cheese balls are the greatest!!!!!!!!

  2. Thanks Anneliese for this recipe. So easy to make and it's nice to have on hand for company.
    Thought I had all the ingredients but am missing the ham..well then it has to go on my shopping list!

  3. Looks like the perfect touch to my event tomorrow evening. Simple yet delicious.

  4. Well, here's to Doris! What a great make ahead recipe idea...I know there is nothing better to serve as guests arrive than a well made cheese ball with crackers! Thanks for the post....I am hungry just reading the ingredients.

  5. This is a great recipe! A great treat for any party, any time of the year.

  6. Hi, I think I will try this as part of our pre-Christmas dinner but I have a question, is flaked ham and deviled ham the same thing or would it be okay to use chipped deli-ham instead? I can't find flaked ham in a can at my local Kroger.

    I made your beef burritos Sunday night and my family LOVED it, thanks so much for the yummy recipes they are wonderful! ~T

  7. T - It looks to me like deviled ham is the same as flaked ham. I would use a canned ham, rather than a deli ham for this recipe. All the best!

  8. Love Cheese Balls...never thought to freeze them...FANTASTIC idea...thank you very much for sharing :)


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