Holiday Appetizers 101: Easy Cheeseball.

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This is a simple cheeseball that most people will love. Yes, it has olives in it, but the olive taste is masked. My husband doesn’t like olives (well…I don’t think he does) and he has eaten this before.

Yes, hubby. I know your eyes are wide as you are reading this. You have eaten this before.

You’ve also eaten ricotta cheese countless times, even though you hate it and swear you never eat it.

I chop up the olives.




And add them to some cream cheese. Throughly mix it up.



This cheeseball is a staple that my mom and grandma (this one, not Mother Lovett) always make. It makes a great appetizer, isn’t very heavy, and it usually gets devoured before dinner.

This is also one of those cases where it is probably alright to use a low-fat version of the cream cheese. Since we are simply spreading it on crackers, I think it still tastes great. And the other flavors and additions help even out the texture. So by all means, make this a low-fat appetizer! :)

I use raw walnuts. This is what the cheeseball is going to be coated in.


Chop them up. I like using a big, giant knife. It makes me feel special. And scared.


But you can use a mini food processor or one of those trusty little nut grinders from long ago. Remember those? My mom has one, and I love it. I don’t even know if you can find those anymore.

Which proves that I really am 68 years old. Not only would I rather stay home, listen to old music, and hang out with people 30 years older than me, I’d also like to step back in time and grind nuts by hand.

I may as well start washing clothes by hand.

But that would insinuate that I even do laundry.


Shape the cream cheese into a ball. Hence cheeseball.


Then roll it in the chopped nuts. I like the walnuts the best, but I’m sure you can use other nuts.


It goes in the fridge to set for a few hours. You can also make it the night before.

See how pretty?


I think it’s best served with multiple different crackers, but you can throw some veggies in there, too. I wouldn’t, since I detest them. I wish veggies would disappear forever. It would make my life so much easier. Just sayin’.


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Simple Cheeseball


  • 2-8oz blocks cream cheese, softened.
  • 1/2 cup chopped olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Mix softened cream cheese and chopped olives. Form into a ball. Roll in chopped walnuts. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour.

Serve with crackers.

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