Yep, that’s right. This recipe is a giant ball of bacon and cheese. What’s not to love? And if you’re a bacon-loving turophile (a cheese fancier), like I am, then you’re probably already planning out your next party just so you can make one of these tasty cheese balls and celebrate it’s deliciousness with your friends and family. I mean, it’s a wonderful cheese ball, but it’s not like I’m going to eat the whole thing in one sitting… *checks to make sure no one is looking, eats a chunk of cheese ball* Actually, never mind. you don’t even need to throw a party. Go on, make one for yourself! There’s no shame in eating the whole ball of cheese, right? Right…?! *eats another chunk of cheese* Mmm.
Two 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
One 1 oz. package Ranch dressing mix
2 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ cups chopped pecans
1 cup cooked, finely chopped bacon
6 Ritz crackers (crushed)
In a medium-sized bowl, mash cream cheese. Add the Ranch dressing mix, cheddar cheese, and bacon bits to the cream cheese and stir.
Crush the 6 Ritz crackers and mix them with the chopped pecans in a small bowl. Shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball, and roll the ball in the chopped nut mixture until it’s evenly covered.
Cover and refrigerate until the ball is firm, about 1 hour. Serve with more Ritz crackers. Enjoy!
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