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A creamy, ranch and sweet red pepper flavored cheese ball decorated for all your summer celebrations! Makes enough for a crowd!
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PATRIOTIC RANCH CHEESE BALL

A creamy, ranch and sweet red pepper cheddar cheese ball decorated for all your summer celebrations! Makes enough for a crowd!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
chilling 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 32 servings
Calories 84kcal

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INGREDIENTS

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, 2 - 8 ounce blocks
  • 2 tablespoons ranch dip mix
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, medium size
  • 1 slice white cheddar cheese, 1 ounce
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onion, (about 2 stalks using green part only)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add the cream cheese and ranch dressing mix to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times until the dressing mix is incorporated into the cream cheese. No food processor, no worries! You can also mix this by hand.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the cream cheese mix along with the sliced green onion. (green parts only). Pulse until blended.
  • Seed the red pepper and slice into quarters. Using a mini star, make cutouts from the red pepper. It's easier to cut the pepper with the skin side up. Cut more stars out of the white cheddar cheese slice.
  • Chop remaining red pepper and throw pepper and remaining white cheddar cheese into food processor and pulse a few times to mix into the cheese ball.
  • Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap. Scrape mixture into center of plastic and use your hands to form a ball. Pull plastic up tightly over cheese ball and seal. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  • Unwrap cheese ball and decorate with cutouts. Serve with crackers or favorite veggies.

NOTES

Recipe makes 1 extra large or 2 medium cheese balls. Recipe may be cut in half.
Prep time includes 1 hour cooling time.
Refrigerate leftovers, tightly wrapped in plastic for up to 2 days.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg

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