Mom’s Famous Cream Cheese Ball is a delicious, easy appetizer, w/ red and green peppers, green onions and chopped pecans! So good, served on assorted crackers!Mom's Famous Cream Cheese Ball is a delicious, easy appetizer, w/ red and green peppers, green onions and chopped pecans! So good, served on assorted crackers!

I love holidays, and all the happy memories associated with them. A lot of my holiday memories revolve around simple, delicious meals with family and friends.

Mom’s Famous Cream Cheese Ball is an appetizer I’ve prepared for many years (35+), and is always a big hit. My Mom got this recipe from a friend at church over 30 years ago. Mom has now passed the recipe down (and the “serving it at the holidays” tradition) to me and my sisters.

This recipe for Mom’s Famous Cream Cheese Ball is so easy to prepare! With only a few ingredients like green and red bell peppers, green onions and pecans, it’s also easy on the wallet. It’s large enough to split into two cheese balls, if you want.

How To Make Mom’s Famous Cream Cheese Ball

One of the best things about Mom’s Famous Cream Cheese Ball is that it can be made the day before it is served.  I think the “good-flavor elves” work the flavors into the cheese ball even better that way.

Place all the ingredients into a medium sized bowl.  Mix these ingredients together with a fork until fully combined.

The ingredients for Mom's famous cream cheese ball are placed in mixing bowl.

Mom's famous cream cheese ball ingredients are mixed together.

How To Shape Mom’s Famous Cream Cheese Ball

Line a ramekin with plastic wrap, making sure to leave a lot of the plastic wrap extended well past the edges. Use a couple pieces to ensure that all edges of the ramekin have a lot of plastic wrap hanging over the edges.

A ramekin with plastic wrap, is prepared for Mom's famous cream cheese ball mixture.

Spoon the cheese ball mixture into the ramekin. Use a spoon to firmly press down into all nooks and crannies of the ramekin.  You want to really pack it in there! Level off the top of the cheese ball.

Ingredients for Mom's famous cream cheese ball are packed into ramekin.

Once Mom’s famous cream cheese ball mixture is FIRMLY packed into the ramekin, cover tightly with the plastic wrap, pressing down as you wrap it. Make sure the cheese ball is completely wrapped.

Place Mom’s famous cream cheese ball into the refrigerator for at least 6-8 hours (best if left in fridge overnight so the flavors can really develop!).

Ramekin with Mom's famous cream cheese ball is tightly wrapped, then refrigerated overnight.

When Ready To Serve

Once you are about half an hour or so before serving, remove cheese ball from refrigerator. Carefully unwrap it, and invert the the cheese ball (turn it upside down onto your serving platter.

The rounded dome side of the cheese ball should be face up! Garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley, if desired.

Mom’s famous cream cheese ball can be served with any kind of savory cracker. Let the cheese ball sit out at room temperature for 30-45 minutes before serving. this helps the cheese to soften up a bit (it’s easier to spread it on a cracker that way).

Mom's Famous Cream Cheese Ball, served as appetizer with various crackers.
You’re going to be surprised how delicious Mom’s famous cream cheese ball is! It is a family tradition of ours, and is usually the very first thing our grown sons head straight to, when I make it!

Mom's Famous Cream Cheese Ball, garnished with fresh parsley.
Mom’s Famous Cream Cheese Ball will be a HUGE hit at any gathering… trust me! It is SO GOOD! Everyone that tries it wants the recipe! Have a great day!

Looking For More APPETIZER Recipes?

If you are looking for other appetizer recipes, perhaps you would want to check out my recipes for Classic Bruschetta, Mexican Layer Dip, Crostini with Figs, Gorgonzola, Honey and Walnuts.
Perhaps you would also like to serve Homemade Boursin Cheese (and crackers), or Sun-Dried Tomato and Kalamata Olive Bruschetta?
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Mom's Famous Cream Cheese Ball
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Mom's Famous Cream Cheese Ball is a delicious, easy appetizer, w/ red and green peppers, green onions and chopped pecans! So good, served on assorted crackers!

Category: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese ball
Servings: 40 servings (approx.) 1 Tablespoon each
Calories Per Serving: 48 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 8 ounce packages. cream cheese , at room temp
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I use pecans)
  • 2 stalks green onion , sliced (green stem and white part)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup red pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. I use a fork to "mash" the ingredients together (a fork helps to blend the veggies and nuts into the cream cheese).
  2. Once completely blended, I "mold" the cheese into the shape I want to serve it in. To do this, you take plastic wrap, drape a small bowl (whatever shape you choose to use) and completely cover it with plastic wrap with the sides overlapping and hanging over the bowl several inches on each side. Then I use a spoon to "mold" the cream cheese mixture into the bowl, being sure to push the mixture into every part of the bowl and packing it down.
  3. Once packed into the bowl, make sure you level off the top part of the cheese as flat as you can (this will end up being the bottom of the cheese ball, and you want it lay flat). Wrap the excess plastic wrap completely over the top of the cheese, so it is sealed completely.
  4. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 hours, in order for the flavors to come together.
  5. When ready to serve, unwrap the plastic and invert the cheese ball onto serving platter. Grab a serving knife and serve with the crackers of your choice. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Mom's Famous Cream Cheese Ball
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 48 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 36mg2%
Potassium 26mg1%
Vitamin A 190IU4%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments on Mom’s Famous Cream Cheese Ball

  1. I had this at a Christmas party yesterday and just had to find the recipe on Pinterest. It is so so good! I am making it for our Christmas Eve party. Thanks for the recipe and have a Very Merry Christmas!

    • Merry Christmas to you, too! I’m just now seeing your sweet note. Glad you enjoyed it. I just got finished making ours for tomorrow (Christmas)!

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