The Dried Beef Cheese Ball You Won’t Want to Share
There are things about attending parties that truly delight me. I love to see friends and family that I might not get to see often. I love to sip a good party punch. And I totally geek out when there is a cheese ball present. They are so easy to make and I think they make such a great appetizer idea! I had some leftover dried beef from a recent chicken recipe I made so I decided to make a Dried Beef Cheese Ball and encourage you to make one too.
Cheese ball recipes are super easy to make, can be made ahead and can sit out for a while during a party (I’m a big stickler for food safety so it really grosses me out when I see mayo based things out for hours). They can be served with chips and crackers and even veggies (if you’re into that kind of thing…). When’s the last time you made a cheese ball??
How to Make a Chipped Beef Cheese Ball
I had some leftover dried beef (also sometimes called chipped beef) from my favorite chicken dinner recipe so I decided to make a cheese ball with it. Don’t be afraid of this ingredient. Yes, you find it in the canned meats aisle (by the chili and tuna) which sounds heinous but just breathe through it. Dried beef is good, really good.
Ingredients for a cheese ball recipe with dried beef:
• 2) 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
• 1) 5 oz. jar dried beef, chopped (you’ll use 1/2 to 3/4 of the jar)
• 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
• 3 green onions, chopped
• 1/2 tsp garlic powder
• 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
Dried beef is super salty. Some people suggest rinsing the slices. I am far too lazy for that. So make sure you taste your cheese ball mixture before adding any additional salt.
As with all of my recipes, I love to encourage you to add other ingredients that you may like. This would have been super tasty with some black pepper and bacon bits too. Next time I’m going to add a little onion salt. I’ve been adding it to everything lately and think it adds so much flavor!
Steps to make a chipped beef cheese ball:
• Make sure you have let your cream cheese sit out and soften long enough so that it is easily smushable (technical cooking term).
• Add the cream cheese and seasoning to your stand mixer. You could also use a hand mixer but I never get to use my stand mixer so I decided this was how I wanted to mix it. And mix until fluffy.
• Chop your dried beef and green onions. And if you’re too good to buy pre-shredded cheese make sure to grate it now. (I totally get that cheese you grate yourself is way better, but I always like a good time-saving hack so this is up to you. These old episodes of ’24’ aren’t going to watch themselves and not grating my own cheese means I can find out if Jack Bauer is going to save the world, again, sooner).
• Add the dried beef and green onions and give it a whirl in the mixer.
• Add the cheese and mix it in. I’m not sure why I decided to mix in the cheese by hand as if it was some delicate piece of the puzzle that needed special care and handling.
• Scoop out the cheese ball mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap. I actually needed to use two pieces, one laid perpendicular over the other piece, so I could cover the whole thing. You may not need to do that if your plastic wrap is wide enough.
• I gathered the end and bunched it at the top. If it won’t stay, just a clothespin or something. I used my hands to form it into a ball-like shape.
• Place in the fridge for about 2 hours to chill before serving.
• When you remove it from the fridge, you can form it a little bit more to get the shape you want.
I had originally wanted to roll this dried beef cheese ball in chopped pecans to give it a nice finished look but I couldn’t find them. Also, my oldest son is allergic and I wanted him to be able to eat this cheese ball too. If you are serving this for a party, consider rolling it in pecans. But seriously, there is no wrong way to serve a cheese ball.
This Recipe for a Cheese Ball with Dried Beef is Perfect for Parties
This cheese ball recipe with dried beef couldn’t be easier! The hardest part is waiting for it to firm up in the fridge. I mean, you know it’s there. And it’s basically calling your name every time you walk by.
Do you have a favorite cheese ball recipe? While I like to think this cheese ball is the best cheese ball ever, this dried beef cheese ball recipe is neck and neck!
I love serving a cheese ball at a party because they are always a crowd pleaser, they are pretty inexpensive to make and can be served with all kinds of different crackers, breads, etc.
Want more cheese ball ideas for your next party? Try these:
• How cute are these Bite-Sized Cheese Ball Truffles
• Here are 20 Cream Cheese Based Cheese Balls to Make (also some dessert options!)
• And these fried Mac and Cheese Bites are an upgraded idea for a cheese ball!
The dried beef gives this cheese ball the perfect salty, meaty flavor. And the punch of the fresh green onions is the perfect counterpoint for all the creaminess of the cream cheese.
While this works great for a party, it also makes a great family snack idea. Or a mom snack. Or lunch. Since I ate this for several days after I took these photos…
Printable Recipe for Cheese Ball with Dried Beef
Dried Beef Cheese Ball
This yummy cheese ball recipe featured dried beef and cheese making it meaty and wonderful.
- 2 ) 8 oz. packages cream cheese softened
- 1 ) 5 oz. jar dried beef chopped (you'll use 1/2 to 3/4 of the jar)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 green onions chopped
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
- salt To taste. (Remember the dried beef is already super salty!)
Soften the cream cheese.
Add the cream cheese and seasoning to your stand mixer and mix until fluffy.
Chop your dried beef and green onions and shred your cheese if you didn't buy pre-shredded.
Add the dried beef, green onions and cheese to stand mixer and mix.
On a piece of plastic wrap, scoop out the cheese ball mixture.
Gather the ends of the plastic wrap and twist to hold the cheese ball in place. I used my hands to form it into a ball-like shape.
- Place in the fridge for about 2 hours to chill before serving.
When you remove it from the fridge, you can form it a little bit more to get the shape you want.
Place on a platter and serve with an assortment of crackers, bread and veggies.
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