Mini Cheese Balls (One Bowl)

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The best, quick and easy mini cheese balls recipe with pretzel stick, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot in 30 minutes. These bite-sized appetizers are loaded with cream cheese, herbs, garlic. Also known as savory cheese bites

Mini appetizers are the way to go these days! Pretty presentation, and bite sized individual bites are fantastic to enjoy at parties, while walking around and mingling with people. Today’s recipe is just as delicious as this Cranberry Salsa With Cream Cheese (One Pot). That’s another holiday cheese-based appetizer that’s always a hit with family and friends.

Mini Cheese Ball Bites with Dried Cranberries in White Plate on Wood Surface

How To Make Mini Cheese Balls Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Mix ingredients– This includes cream cheese, butter, mozzarella cheese, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder.
  2. Chill mixture– So that it’s easier to handle.
  3. Make balls- Roll out small spoonfuls of the mixture into small balls.
  4. Add toppings- Roll the balls in your choice of toppings. 
  5. Enjoy- Place them on a serving dish and push a pretzel stick in the center and dig in!

What Is a Cheese Ball Made Of?

They are made of these few basic ingredients that you probably already have on hand:

  • Cream cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Fresh herbs

You can get creative and and any herbs and seasonings of your choice.

Platter of Variety of Mini Cheese Balls on White Plate on Wood Surface

Storage

Refrigerate– Store leftovers in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Be sure to remove the pretzel stick or it will get soggy. Add it again, prior to serving.

Freeze– I don’t recommend freezing leftovers because dairy (cheese) does not thaw well.

Reheat– Do not warm them because they heat will cause them to melt and loose its shape. They are typically served cold

What To Serve With Easy Cream Cheese Balls Appetizer?

You can serve these along with other appetizers such as Cranberry Brie Bites (One Pan), Best Bruschetta Recipe (One Bowl), Caprese Skewers (One Pan), or these Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings (One Pan).

You can also serve these before a protein based main dish of any kind! Try them with these protein based main courses like: Slow Cooker Ham or Roast Turkey Breast (One Pan) or Easy Thanksgiving Turkey (One Pan), or Garlic Butter Steak Bites (One Pot) and even Roast Beef (One Pan).

Variations

Ranch cheese balls– Add a ranch seasoning packet to the mixture.

Pineapple cheese balls– Mix in crushed pineapple to the mixture. Make sure they are drained to get rid of excess juices.

Cheese log– Roll the cheese mixture into a log shape and then roll that in any toppings of your choice.

Add other types of cheese– Such as parmesan, goat cheese, ricotta, gouda or anything else you like.

Nut toppings- Try crushed, almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, pistachios or peanuts.

Dried fruit toppings– Try cranberries, cherries, apricot, mango, coconut.

Fresh herb toppings- Try finely chopped parsley, dill, chives, cilantro, thyme, oregano, green onions, tarragon.

Add bacon– Use bacon crumbles in the mixture or rolled on the outside of the ball.

Add other seasoning– Such as Cajun seasoning or Greek Seasoning or your own seasoning blend.

Add sausage- Mix in crumbled cooked sausage to the cheese mixture.

Fried cheese balls– Prepare a simple flour mixture and dip each chilled ball into this batter and fry for a few minutes until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Try different sizes and shapes – Instead of the mini version, make a big giant ball with crackers and pretzels, served on the side. You can also make a log shape.

Easy Homemade Cream Cheese Bites with Pretzel Stick and Covered in Dill

Tips And Techniques

Make sure to chill the mixture– Because this makes it so much easier to roll balls.

Use full fat cheese- Because that yields the maximum richness and creaminess.

Oil your hands– Because this will keep the cheese mixture form sticking to your hands, and becoming a messy disaster!

Use unsalted butter- Because that prevents this appetizer from becoming too salty.

Put the pretzel stick in, just prior to serving– Because if you do this too far ahead of time, the pretzel will get soggy.

Display a variety– Make a platter of mini cheese bites with multiple different toppings and this way, your guests will have more choices and have a chance to try more flavors.

Toast the nuts and seeds– The pistachios, coconut and sesame seeds will taste so much better if they are toasted because it enhances the nutty flavor.

Fresh herbs vs. Dried herbs- I highly recommend using fresh herbs because they look better and taste better in this recipe.

More One Pot Appetizers

Easy Mini Cream Cheese Balls on White Plate With Various Toppings
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One Pot Cheese Balls

Prep Time
10 mins
 
Servings: 30 Cheese balls
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy appetizer, homemade cheese balls
Calories: 49 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

  • 2 pacakages Cream cheese 8 oz each, Full fat
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese Shredded
  • 2 tbsp Butter Unsalted, Room temperature
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 30 Pretzel sticks Mini size
Toppings
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Unsweetened, Shredded
  • 1/2 cup Pistachios Roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Dill Fresh, Finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Tarragon Fresh, Finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Sesame seeds Lightly toasted
  • 1/2 cup Cranberries Dried, Roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese, butter, mozzarella cheese, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and mix everything until smooth.

  2. Chill mixture for 15 minutes in the freezer so that it's easier to handle.

  3. Spray oil on your hands to prevent sticking.

  4. Then, scoop out small portions of the cheese mixture and roll them into balls.

  5. Then, roll them in your choice of toppings. 

  6. Place these mini cheese bites on a serving dish and push a pretzel stick in the center right before serving. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above. 
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Be sure to discard the pretzel sticks before storing them because they will become very soggy.  
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Cheese Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 49 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 27mg1%
Potassium 69mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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