This recipe for Easy Mini Cheeseballs is a delicious bite-sized appetizer. Creamy, seasoned cheese rolled in chopped pecans and bacon!
EASY MINI CHEESEBALLS RECIPE
If there is one bite-sized appetizer or snack that everyone loves - it's cheeseballs! These individual mini cheeseballs are always a huge favorite of ours. How can you go wrong with cheese wrapped in nuts and bacon then topped with a pretzel stick?
TIPS FOR MAKING CHEESEBALLS:
- The cream cheese needs to be totally softened to room temperature or it just won't mix well and will have large lumps.
- Dried parsley can be substituted for the fresh chopped parsley.
- Don't like pecans or pistachios? Just substitute for your favorite. Use all pecans if you prefer or all pistachios or even almonds or walnuts.
- Use any combination of cheeses you enjoy. I liked the monterey jack and cheddar blend.
- Be gentle pushing in the pretzel sticks or they'll snap in half.
- This recipe can also be used to make one larger cheeseball.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
monterey jack/cheddar blend shredded cheese
finely chopped pecans
finely chopped pistachios
real bacon bits
HOW TO MAKE MINI CHEESEBALL BITES:
Combine the softened cream cheese, shredded cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large bowl and stir together until completely combined.Cover and chill for 15 minutes. In a smaller bowl, combine the chopped pecans, chopped pistachios, bacon bits, and parsley. Stir to combine.Once the cheese mixture has chilled, roll it into tablespoon-sized balls and then roll in the nut mixture to coat.Insert a pretzel stick into each mini cheese ball and then chill on a tray until ready to serve.
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EASY MINI CHEESEBALLS APPETIZER
- 12 ounces cream cheese (1 ½ blocks) softened to room temperature
- 1 cup shredded cheese, Monterey Jack/Cheddar Blend
- 3 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ¾ cup finely chopped pecans
- ¼ cup finely chopped pistachios
- ¼ cup real bacon bits
- 2 tbsp roughly chopped parsley
- 20 pretzel sticks
- Combine the softened cream cheese, shredded cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large bowl and stir together until completely combined.
- Cover and chill for 15 minutes.
- In a smaller bowl, combine the chopped pecans, chopped pistachios, bacon bits, and parsley. Stir to combine.
- Once the cheese mixture has chilled, roll it into tablespoon-sized balls and then roll in the nut mixture to coat.
- Insert a pretzel stick into each mini cheese ball and then chill on a tray until ready to serve.