Ham and Cheese Ball Appetizer

Last year when we celebrated my wife’s birthday, I decided to make a bunch of food, surprise her at a resort, and basically just hang out with family. It was a great time to say the least. One of the appetizers I made was the bacon cheese ball. This cheese ball was so darn good that a lot of us were besides ourselves, digging in and wanting more. It was almost ridiculous how good it was, that this year I decided to take a spin off of that, and come up with another appetizer, the ham and cheese ball.

To me, the Christmas holiday has ham written all over it. Not sure what it is, but ham always seems to be around at one of the houses. I often do not cook ham on the holiday, but my kids ask for it, and so it is typically served at my in-laws during this time of year. With that said, I thought it would be a great idea to incorporate ham into this appetizer. I think it was well worth it.

Ham and Cheese Ball Recipe

Lets get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 8oz packages of Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 1 inch thick slices of cooked ham, diced
  • 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of cracked black pepper
  • pita chips or crackers

Start by adding your ham, garlic, and parsley into a mixing bowl.

Squeeze on the mayonnaise and mustard, along with the worchestershire sauce.

Add in the cheeses, and with a couple of large spoons, begin mixing, incorporating everything together.  Once everything is mixed really well, shape it into a ball and place on a serving plate.

Ingredients for making a ham and cheese ball recipe

Place this in the refrigerator for at least one hour prior to serving.

The end result is a cheese ball that is loaded with flavor, and as a matter of fact, I think a bit more flavor than the bacon cheese ball. You get that nice punch of dijon, worchestershire sauce, and garlic, that when spread on a pita chip and getting a bite or two of the ham, well, need I say more? If you are looking for a great holiday appetizer, give this one a shot.

Ham and Cheese Ball Appetizer
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Serves: 15
 
Ingredients
  • 2 8oz packages of Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 1 inch thick slices of cooked ham, diced
  • 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of cracked black pepper
  • pita chips or crackers
Instructions
  1. Start by adding your ham, garlic, and parsley into a mixing bowl.
  2. Squeeze on the mayonnaise and mustard, along with the worchestershire sauce.
  3. Add in the cheeses, and with a couple of large spoons, begin mixing, incorporating everything together. Once everything is mixed really well, shape it into a ball and place on a serving plate.
  4. Place this in the refrigerator for at least one hour prior to serving.

 

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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