Who doesn’t enjoy a great cheese ball at a party? But, I tend to feel a little awkward digging into the giant ball with a cracker or spoon! These mini Cheese Ball Bites are the answer to my prayers – not only are they exceptionally cute but totally practical too! Skewered with a pretzel stick, they are fun and easy appetisers that are perfect for any party or get-together!


Ingredients (makes 18 Mini cheese balls)

  • 340g Softened Cream Cheese
  • 230g Shredded Cheddar
  • 1tsp Garlic powder
  • 1tsp Paprika
  • To taste Salt and freshly ground Pepper
  • 8 rashers Cooked and finely chopped Bacon
  • 45g Finely chopped fresh Chives
  • 4g Finely chopped Pecans
  • 18 Pretzel sticks

Method

  1. Mix together cream cheese, cheddar, garlic powder, and paprika and season with salt and pepper. Form into 18 small balls and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.
  2. In a shallow bowl or on a plate, stir together cooked bacon, chives, and pecans.
  3. Roll balls in bacon-chive-pecan mixture and insert a pretzel stick in each ball
  4. You can make the cheese balls ahead of time, but don't insert the pretzels until just before serving - just loosely cover with plastic wrap and return to fridge. Let sit at room temperature 15 minutes before serving and then insert pretzels

Notes... You could also try these with dried cherries and pistachios; dried apricots and almonds; dried cranberries, or green onion and parsley. Or, you could scatter these mini cheese balls (without the pretzel sticks) over a salad to elevate a simple salad to something really special for a fancy holiday meal or dinner party.

  • These look so tasty great for weekend entertaining

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  • I thought cheese balls went out in the 70’s. Like the idea of the small ones.

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  • This is an interesting idea. I’d like to try with celery sticks too :)

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  • These look great. I really like the idea of the pretzel stick ….no waste and easy eating.

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  • What a great idea instead of the huge one that breaks your crackers in half all the time

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  • These look absolutely fabulous they really are the perfect entertainer that we get guests mouths watering.

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  • I love this idea! Very cute & looks super delicious too! Thanks for sharing ????

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  • ???????????? AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing. I love the big cheeseball but this is even better.


    • Sorry the question marks were and emoji!

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  • I do love a big ball of cheese and now I love the look of these mini cheese bites! They look so tasty and perfect for parties.

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  • GReat finger food for party they look cute

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  • Definitely going to try these for a party we have coming up! Thankyou!

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  • wow… so tempting!

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  • Love this idea I like the pretzel sticks to hold them and then eat them great idea!


    • I agree – the use of the pretzel sticks is very clever. No toothpicks and no waste.

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  • Love this idea.

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  • I love ideas that can be prepared in advance. Thanks for sharing!

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