|I forgot to take a picture of the finished product because we were in a rush to get out the door to the party, so I'm borrowing the picture from The Recipe Critic)|
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball(adapted from The Recipe Critic)
makes one big ball or two smaller ones
2 (8 oz each) packages of cream cheese
1 (1 oz.) packet dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
4 green onions, thinly sliced
5 pieces of bacon (fried and crumbled) or 1/2 cup "real bacon bits"
1/4 cup chopped black olives, optional
pecans or almonds, finely chopped for coating
- Mix together the cream cheese and dry ranch packet. I put mine in the mixer and used the paddle attachment, which made it so easy. Otherwise, mix in a bowl until smooth.
- Add the grated cheese, green onions, and bacon.
- Shape the cheese mixture into a ball, then roll it in the nuts to coat the outside.
- Keep the cheese ball stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve.