Game-Day Pecan Cheese Balls

These creamy Pecan Cheese Balls come with a nutty exterior for extra crunch and flavour. Serve these fun and tasty appetizers with crackers as a Game Day snack or finger food.

a small portion of Pecan Cheese Ball being spread on a Ritz Cracker with a butter knife

Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner so I thought I would post some classic yet oh so special Pecan Cheese Balls. Would a game-day be complete without Cheese Balls and crackers? I don’t think so!

As always on NEC (you don’t mind if I nickname my blog NEC, do you?), this recipe is simple and requires little ingredients.

I’m guessing these Pecan Cheese Balls won’t be the only Game Day snack you are planning on preparing, so unless you want to slave away in the kitchen all day long you’ll need quick and easy recipes.

Close-up of Pecan Cheese Ball served with Ritz Crackers and whole pecan nuts in the background

So, I got the recipe for these Pecan Cheese Balls from the cookbook I gave away last week: Martha’s American Food. Be prepared to see a few of her great recipes around here, as I love this book!

So what do you guys have on the menu this Sunday? I’m curious to know how you’ll celebrate!

Collage of Game-day Pecan Cheese Balls served with Ritz Crackers

If you tried these Pecan Cheese Balls, don’t forget to rate the recipe below and let me know how it went in the comments – I love hearing from you! You can also follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook for more deliciousness and behind-the-scenes!

a small portion of Pecan Cheese Balls being spread on a Ritz Cracker with a butter knife
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Pecan Cheese Balls

These creamy Pecan Cheese Balls come with a nutty exterior for extra crunch and flavour. Serve these fun and tasty appetizers with crackers as a Game Day snack or finger food.

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, cheese, chocolate peanut butter banana snack, cream cheese, finger food, game day snack, party food, pecans, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 medium balls (see notes)
Calories 631 kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 oz light cream cheese softened
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar finely grated (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans about 5 ounces
  • assorted crackers for serving

Instructions

  1. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, cheddar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and pepper until well combined (I used a fork, not a mixer). 

  2. Mix in 1/4 cup of chopped pecans. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 3 hours or up to 1 day.

  3. Divide the cheese mixture in half and shape each portion into a ball. Spread remaining 3/4 cup chopped pecans on a plate and roll the cheese balls in pecans to coat completely, pressing nuts to adhere. 

  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 2 hours, with crackers.

Recipe Notes

This is enough to make 2 large cheese balls or 4 medium (as seen on the pics).

Nutrition Facts
Pecan Cheese Balls
Amount Per Serving (1 medium cheese ball)
Calories 631 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g 83%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 942mg 39%
Potassium 449mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 8g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 24.2%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 59.4%
Iron 7.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Tomato, Pesto and Mozzarella Skewers:

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Skinny Tuna Spread:

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2 Comments
  1. YES to cheese balls! I love how easily they can be prepared in advance! I can really picture these as an appetizer for a Thanksgiving feast!

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