Recipe of the Game: Volleyball Cheese Ball – Finals Edition

Your Florida Gators are headed to the National Championship semifinals! As you prep for the next watch party, try out one of our favorite cheese ball recipes! A ham and cheese ‘volleyball’ studded with pecans is a favorite for game day, and it always gets compliments. Scoop it up with crackers!

Makes: ~ 20 servings      Time to Prep: 15 minutes

What you need:

  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (or your favorite nut)
  • 1 slice swiss cheese
  • Assorted crackers


  1. Place ham and onion in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add cheddar cheese; pulse until blended. Add cream cheese; process until smooth.
  2. Shape cheese mixture into a football; press pecans into cheese mixture. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. Cut cheese into strips; arrange over top for laces. Serve with crackers.


Photo Cred: eBubble, Recipe Cred: Taste of Home



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