Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Ball

Jazz up this holiday party favorite with the addition of smoky bacon and green onions; use a superior sharp cheddar cheese for a bolder combination of flavors that’s sure to complement whatever you pair it with.

Wisconsin Cheese Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Ball Recipe
Active Time
30 Minutes
1 Cheese Ball



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Aged Cheddar or Cream Cheese can be used in this recipe.


  1. Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels to drain. When cool enough to handle, crumble bacon.
  2. Beat cream cheese in a bowl until smooth. Stir in the cheddar, green onions, red pepper flakes if desired and half of the bacon.
  3. Transfer to plastic wrap; shape with wrap into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  4. Roll cheese ball in remaining bacon. Serve with crackers and apple slices.


Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Cheddar cheese can range in flavor from mild, medium, sharp to extra sharp. Mild cheddar has a rich, nutty and creamy flavor that becomes increasingly sharp and complex with age.

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