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Appetizer

Ham and Cheese Balls is a simple and delicious appetizer dish that can fill your tummy and leaves you with a desire to want more.

What’s better than cheese? Well, ham and cheese balls! 

Many a time we give up on making something delicious just because it has lengthy and complicated steps involved. Well, this time, you won’t have to give up on the craving because this recipe for ham and cheese balls is super easy to make. If you’re looking for a bit more filling cheesy recipe, my stuffed peppers with cream cheese and ground beef recipe should do the trick.

But with minimal ingredients for this ham and cheese balls recipe, you can make something so good that it is hard to resist. So, let’s get cooking. 

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Ham and Cheese Balls Recipe

The beauty of this dish is its simple ingredients and quick preparation time. You don’t have to spend all of your afternoon preparing it. Yet, it still makes a great appetizer for a holiday and tailgate parties. 

To prepare this delicious dish, you primarily need two ingredients—cheese and ham. Use fresh ham to get that rich taste. You can also add some cranberries to give that tart punch to your dish. 

Don’t forget to put all the recommended spices into the mix because they bind the flavors and make the ham and cheese balls better than you can imagine. 

Ham and Cheese Balls

How to Make Simple Ham and Cheese Balls 

I haven’t divided the cooking into different segments this time because there are hardly any steps to it. 

You can begin the preparation by dicing cooked ham and grating fresh cheese. Next, add the cooked ham and freshly grated cheese to a large mixing bowl along with cottage cheese and a handful of walnuts. 

To make it flavorful, you can put cranberries, salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic powder in the bowl. The seasoning will make the ham and cheese balls burst with flavors. And fresh cheese will make it super soft and super creamy. 

After adding everything, combine the ingredients and make small balls out of it. Lastly, roll each ball into freshly chopped parsley and serve it.

Expert Cooking Tips

  • If you want, you can keep the ham and cheese balls in the fridge for a while before serving. 
  • To elevate the dish and enhance its flavors, you can add extra ingredients like mayonnaise and dijon mustard. 

What can I Serve With Ham and Cheese Balls?

If you want to serve this super delicious ham and cheese balls dish with something, combine with crackers. If not crackers, you can also serve it with bell pepper slices or celery. 

How to Store Ham and Cheese Balls?

If you have leftover ham and cheese balls, you can store them in the refrigerator with some caution. You need to carefully wrap the balls in a plastic sheet before freezing because cheese can get dry after a while. 

If the cheese gets dry, you might not get that rich and creamy taste in each bite of ham and cheese balls. Also, when serving it after refrigerating, give it some time to rest. 

Can I Leave Cheese Overnight to Get Soft?

You should not leave the cheese outside overnight to get soft. In fact, you should not let the cheese stay out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours. That’s because cheese can easily go bad. 

Once cheese gets bad, it does not taste the same. It gets that weird taste that can bring down the flavor of ham and cheese balls. 

How Long Can Ham and Cheese Balls Last?

If you are storing the leftover ham and cheese balls, do not keep them for more than two weeks. That’s because, after some time, ham and cheese can go bad. So, the balls might not taste the same. 

Can I Fry Cheese and Ham Balls?

If you want to give a twist to the basic ham and cheese balls, you can fry them in a non-stick frying pan. Frying will give an extra crunch and crispiness to the balls. Also, the cheese will melt just the right way. 

For frying the ham and cheese balls, you need a couple of more ingredients like eggs, breadcrumbs, and flour. Also, you can refrigerate the cheese balls before frying. This way, the dish will turn out to be perfect.

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Ham and Cheese Balls

Ham and Cheese Balls is a simple and delicious dish that can fill your tummy and leave you with a desire to want more. This dish requires minimum preparation time and is loaded with lip-smacking flavors that are hard to resist.
Servings 15 balls
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spatula

Ingredients

  • 2 lb cottage cheese
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • ¾ cup diced walnuts
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup chopped parsley for rolling

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, place in the cottage cheese, grated cheese, diced ham, walnuts, dried cranberries, and season with dried oregano, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix until everything is combined and form small balls out of the mixture.
  • Roll each ball into the chopped parsley and serve and enjoy.

Notes

Note: If the cheese ball is not holding shape, let it rest in the fridge for a couple of hours. This way, the ham and cheese balls will get firmer.
Author: Scrappy Geek
Course: Appetizer
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