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Cheeseball with Pecans – Easy Appetizer Classic

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If you’re looking for an easy appetizer classic that will be a hit at your next gathering, look no further than the Cheeseball with Pecans. Whether you call it a Pecan Cheeseball or a Classic Cheese Ball, this easy appetizer is sure to be a hit. Perfect for serving as one of the primo appetizers for your next party!

It’s easy to make and can be served with crackers, chips, or vegetables. So, if you’re looking for an easy appetizer classic that will be a hit at your next gathering, the Cheeseball with Pecans is the perfect choice.

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A cheeseball with pecans is a classic appetizer that is easy to make and always a hit at parties. It’s a simple combination of cream cheese, bell pepper, and pecans rolled into a ball and served with crackers.

The cream cheese gives the cheeseball a distinct creamy texture, while the pecans add a crunchy texture and nutty flavor. The combination makes this appetizer a crowd-pleaser.

Plus, it’s easy to customize with different herbs, spices, and even fruits to customize it!

Whether you call it a cheeseball with pecans, a pecan cheeseball, or just a cheese ball, this appetizer classic is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

Cheeseball with Pecans

This cheeseball with pecans is an easy appetizer classic that is sure to please any crowd. You only need a few simple ingredients, and you can quickly whip up this delicious treat.

It is an easy dish to make for a party or even when the family fancies something to eat. It is perfectly served with crackers or vegetable dippers and has an epic wow factor.

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Alternative Ingredient Options for a Cheeseball with Pecans

If you’re looking to experiment with different flavors, you can easily swap out or add other ingredients to your cheeseball. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Nuts: While pecans are a classic choice, other nuts like walnuts, almonds, or pistachios can also be used to coat the cheeseball. These nuts will add their unique flavors and textures.
  2. Cheese: While cream cheese provides a creamy base, adding a bit of shredded cheese can easily change the flavor profile. Use sharp cheddar for a stronger flavor or Monterey Jack or mozzarella for a milder taste.
  3. Seasonings: The beauty of a cheeseball lies in its versatility. Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices. For a spicy kick, add in some red pepper flakes or jalapenos. Add fresh dill, chives, or basil for a more herby flavor.
  4. Sweet Cheeseball: For a sweet variant, omit the savory spices and add sweet ingredients like honey, powdered sugar, and cinnamon. Swap the shredded cheese for sweeter cream cheese, and coat your cheeseball in crushed graham crackers or cookies.

The key to a great cheeseball is balancing flavors, so feel free to experiment until you find your perfect combination!

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Make it a Meal:

I’ve always been a fan of meal planning, and now is the perfect time to join me in this adventure! I promise you it’s super easy if you’re on the fence!

Below is just a super quick sample of how to structure your meal planning for the day or week.

Main Dish: Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Vegetable Side: Asparagus on the Grill

Starch Side: Leftover Baked Potatoes

Refreshing Drink: Toxic Waste Mocktail Recipe

Don’t forget Dessert: Birthday Cake Puppy Chow

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Best Appetizer Recipes:

Once you try this Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball recipe, you may be inclined to try a few other appetizers you can enjoy. I have found some amazing appetizer recipes that you should try.

First of all, I have this amazing Sweet Pineapple Cheeseball, which is so fun and unique.

You’ll LOVE these Creamy Buffalo Wings – they’re just the perfect extra appetizer on the table. Definitely worth the little bit of mess you’re going to have on your fingers!

Need something fast? Make this 5-minute Bean Dip perfect for any dippers you have on the table!

Let the crockpot work for you with this easy Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip!

Wanna keep that oven off? Make one of these 25 Cold Appetizers!

If you love cheese, then these Cheese Stuffed Meatballs will hit the spot.

Any one of these 27 Yummy Super Bowl Appetizer Recipes would be a perfect pairing!

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Serving Tips for a Cheeseball with Pecans

The presentation and serving method can significantly elevate your pecan cheeseball experience. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Serving Dish: Serve the cheeseball on a platter surrounded by an assortment of crackers and sliced vegetables. This makes a beautiful presentation and provides variety for your guests.
  • Pairings: Pair your cheeseball with a variety of crackers and breads, such as whole grain crackers, baguette slices, or even pretzels. You can also provide a selection of cut vegetables like celery, carrot sticks, or bell pepper slices.
  • Garnish: For an extra touch of elegance, sprinkle some chopped herbs, like parsley or chives, over the cheeseball before serving. This adds a pop of color and enhances the flavor.
  • Serving Size: Cheeseballs can be rich, so you might want to consider making smaller, individual-sized cheeseballs for each guest or a family-sized one for sharing.
  • Temperature: Ensure the cheeseball is served chilled, as it helps maintain its shape and enhances the flavor. However, let it sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes before serving; this makes it easier to spread.

The key to a great serving experience is variety and attention to detail, so don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different serving methods.

More Cheese Ball Recipes:

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Cheeseball with Pecans

Yield: 8 Servings of Cheeseball
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

With just a few simple ingredients and a few easy steps, you can make a delicious and impressive cheeseball with pecans that will be the talk of the party.


  • 16oz Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1 tsp Lowery's Season Salt
  • 3/4 cup Pecan Pieces, divided


  1. Chop the bell pepper into small cubes.
  2. Combine the cream cheese, half of the pecans, Worcestershire sauce, season salt, and bell pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Stir well to make sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
  4. Place a piece of cling wrap across the top of an empty large bowl, then scoop the cheese mixture into the center of the cling wrap.
  5. Wrap the cling wrap around the cheeseball and form it into a ball.
  6. Leave the cheeseball in a smaller bowl to hold it's shape and place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the cheeseball from the fridge, then gently peel the cling wrap from the cheeseball and place the cheeseball in the center of a plate.
  8. Press the reserved half of the pecans into the side of the cheeseball, covering the exterior completely.
  9. Arrange crackers or veggies around the edge of the cheeseball plate and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 483mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 12/2/2023

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