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The holidays can be super crazy, and I’m so glad that I have some easy go-to recipes to fall back on when the days get overscheduled and busy and I need to bring something to a party with me. Ever since I was little, I looked forward to seeing a cheese ball surrounded by crackers on the table during the holidays.

As an adult, it’s still one of my fallback recipes. Easy to throw together and super yummy.

 

Cracker Coated Cheese Ball

 

The cheese balls I grew up snacking on were heavy — with lots of unnaturally orange cheese spread and rolled in nuts. I wanted something a little lighter, fresher, and delicious to share with my kids.

This recipe is perfect.

The cream cheese tastes creamy and decadent, and coating it in crushed up Ritz crackers gives it that buttery, crispy taste of the crackers I used to dip into the cheese balls of my childhood. Now, I put fresh veggies around it to encourage kids and friends to sneak in some fresh foods while indulging on all those holiday treats.

 

Cracker Coated Cheese Ball

 

Ready to wow your friends and family, and please the kiddos, at your next holiday party?

Cracker Coated Cheese Ball Recipe

I got all my ingredients for this recipe at our local Giant Eagle. Giant Eagle is one of those grocery stores where you know you can run in and get everything on your holiday list, find fantastic products both under brands you know and their own private label brand. I love their Market District hummus for a quick last-minute appetizer.

Ingredients

1-8oz package cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded cheese

1/4 cup red peppers, minced

2 Tablespoons parsley chopped

1 teaspoon dehydrated garlic

12 RITZ crackers

Cracker Coated Cheese Ball

Directions

Cream together the cream cheese, red peppers, parsley and garlic until smooth.

 

Cracker Coated Cheese Ball

 

Add the shredded cheese and mix until well incorporated.

 

Cracker Coated Cheese Ball

Cracker Coated Cheese Ball

 

Form the cheese mixture into a ball and refrigerate, at least one hour or overnight.

 

Cracker Coated Cheese Ball

 

Crush the RITZ crackers and place in a shallow bowl.

Roll the cheeseball in the crackers to thoroughly coat.

 

Cracker Coated Cheese Ball

 

That’s it! Put your yummy cracker coated cheese ball on a plate and surround it with a rainbow of cut up veggies, and enjoy. We like to keep the easy cracker theme going and serve up tasty Triscuit mini pizzas for the kids, too.

Our table is overflowing holiday cheer. Have you ever had a cheese ball? What is your favorite thing to eat it with?

Don’t forget that you can find all of the things you could possibly need to make your holidays perfect this year at your local Giant Eagle with some of the friendliest team members around. Frozen Bird’s Eye veggies, Tropicana Juices (my kids are loving the watermelon juice), Dannon single serve yogurts and smoothies, Giant Eagle brand tissues, hand soaps, tortilla chips, and Market District hummus. So many great things to make your holiday special. And, if you’re looking for more creative holiday recipe suggestions, check out the Giant Eagle site today.

 

Cracker Coated Cheese Ball

Cracker Coated Cheese Ball

 

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Colleen Kessler

Colleen is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, is a sought-after national speaker and educational consultant, and is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Raising Lifelong Learners, as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children. She lives in northeast Ohio with her four bright and quirky kiddos, patient husband, and ever-changing collection of small reptiles, mammals, and insects.

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