This dried beef cheese ball recipe is the perfect old school holiday appetizer! Tangy cream cheese is loaded with salty chipped beef, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and scallions. Unlike the original recipe, this one has way less salt and no MSG!
Dried Beef Cheese Ball
When I think of a dried beef cheese ball, I think of holidays at my Grandparents.
This appetizer always had a spot at the table and was always something that was instantly devoured.
These days, I make it a little healthier by omitting the MSG and added salt. Don't worry though -- it's still just as flavorful and it won't leave you chugging cups of water in the middle fo the night!
Side note - Why did they put that stuff in there in the first place? It's way more salty than necessary!
But alas, if you had a Southern grandma, this recipe is probably super familiar. It's creamy, cheesy, beefy and just salty enough.
I recommend serving it with ritz crackers or butter crackers for the ultimate old school pairing.
And if you're looking for another Grandma-tastic recipe, try her cake mix banana bread recipe! As for another easy holiday appetizer, why not try your hand at my cheap cheese plate guide or these Cream Cheese Sausage Balls. Or you could make baked brie with fig jam
And if you need some cocktail ideas, definitely check out my cocktail page for tons of inspiration!
How to make a Cheese Ball with Chipped Beef
Making a dried beef cheese ball is super easy.
To begin, you'll need to thaw out one block of cream cheese to room temperature. I recommend using full fat cream cheese because it's got more flavor and a better texture.
Once the cream cheese is room temp, add it to a large bowl with 1 jar of chopped Armour dried beef (about 2.25 oz). If you can't find that brand, any chipped beef variety will work. Then add 4 thinly chopped green onions, 1 tbsp of worcestershire sauce and ¼ tsp of garlic powder.
Simply mix it together until it's thoroughly incorporated.
Then in a separate bowl, mix together another ½ jar of chopped armor chipped beef and 2 more chopped green onions.
Now either oil your hands or spray them with nonstick spray and shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball.
Next, roll the cheese ball in the green onion and dried beef mixture until it's completed coated.
Lastly, place the cheese ball in a bowl and cover it with stretch wrap. Store the cheese ball up to two days in the fridge.
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Recipe: Dried Beef Cheese Ball
Dried Beef Cheese Ball
- 1 8 oz block of cream cheese room temp
- 1.5 jars of Armour dried beef about 2.25 oz each, chopped and divided
- 6 green onions divided
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- Mix together cream cheese, 1 jar of chopped dried beef, 4 chopped green onions, worcestershire saucee, and garlic powder.
- In a separate bowl, mix together remaining chopped dried beef and chopped scallion.
- Oil or spray your hands with nonstick and shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the dried beef and scallion mixture until it’s thoroughly coated.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Would horseradish sauce work in this
I have been making this recipe since 1991 and I am shocked that someone has my same recipe that my uncle had given me that was passed down to him which was supposed to been a family secret lol but still delicious recipe the great heads up on the scallions I'll have to try that next time be safe may God bless...Rhonda Leatherman?
Lolol too funny! love that!
Some guy is using your photos on their crappy website.
omg thanks for the heads up!
My mother made this all of the time growing up, but we're nowhere near the South! My mother is of Portuguese descent from New England. She made this cheese ball as well as her world-famous Clam Dip during the holidays.
My mother passed a week ago today and I'm making this as well speak.
Another addition - Roll ball in chopped pecans!