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.

Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Ball


Ingredients List


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


  1. Fry bacon in a large skillet until crisp; drain on paper towels. Cool. Crumble bacon. 
  2. Beat cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Stir in half of the bacon, cheddar, green onions and red pepper flakes if desired; mix well. Shape into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Roll cheese ball in remaining bacon. Serve with crackers and apple slices.


  • Any brand of Wisconsin cream cheese or sharp cheddar cheese can be used. 

  • Any brand of Wisconsin cream cheese or sharp cheddar cheese can be used. 

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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