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Easy Patriotic Ranch Cheese Ball is a quick appetizer decorated for your summer celebrations! Makes enough for a crowd! #mustlovehomecooking

PATRIOTIC RANCH CHEESE BALL

A creamy, ranch and sweet red pepper cheddar cheese ball decorated for your summer celebrations! Makes enough for a crowd!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time :15 minutes
chilling :1 hour
Total Time :1 hour 15 minutes
Servings :32 servings
Calories :84
Course :Appetizer

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.

Chef Tips

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 Facts

Serving: 2TablespoonsCalories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 165mgPotassium: 34mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 390IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1mg

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