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5-Ingredient Veggie Cheese Balls Are Super Easy To Make

by | Apr 3, 2022 | Recipes

These tasty, creamy Veggie Cheese Balls are a simple appetizer that takes just 5 ingredients. Cream cheese is combined with sour cream, shredded cheese, and packaged dip mix to create a flavorful cheese mixture thats easy to roll into bite-sized cheese balls. You can coat the cheese balls with chopped nuts or serve them as-is; either way, they’re quite possibly one of the easiest appetizers of all time and can be made in a matter of minutes!

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Every Winter holiday season, my Grandma would include a cheeseball in the spread of finger foods she served at our family gathering. She loved a classic cheeseball. As a kid, I always thought they were gross. The idea just did not appeal to me. But I loved the way they looked in a presentation.

Fast forward 25+ years and I’m feeling massive nostalgia, so I buy one of those damn cheeseballs at the store. It’s every bit as unpleasant as I had thought it would be. Yeah, sorry, that particular cheese taste just isn’t for me.

BUUUUUT, I still love the idea of a cheeseball. So I knew I had to come up with my own version.

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Supremely Simple Mini Veggie Cheese Balls

Because this Veggie Cheese Balls appetizer is so easy to make, they’re great when you’re hosting medium to large crowds. They’re also a handy option when you need an easy to make dish for a potluck. These handheld nuggets of creamy, cheesy goodness look a bit fancy and like they took you hours to make. We’ll keep the secret between us that you made them in no time flat!

These cheese balls are also a really great option for a meal prep style snack. They don’t take long to make, can be made ahead of time, and store well for several days.

For my Veggie Cheese Balls, I use Knorr’s Vegetable Dip Mix. If you like Knorr’s, then use it; if you can’t find Knorr’s mix near you, or prefer another brand, go ahead and use it instead.

close up of veggie cheese ball ready to serve

My version of these tiny balls of scrumpdiddilyumptiousness (yes, that is a word) call for using Montery Jack cheese shredded off of the block. Honestly, you can really use any kind of semi-firm cheese that you prefer; I just really like Monterey Jack for its creaminess.

Another area where you can put your own twist on things is with the nuts that you use. I generally use a mix of whatever nuts we’ve got around the house….almonds, cashews, pistachios, etc. You can do the same with whatever nuts you enjoy most or go with just a single nut. Almonds are a classic choice. You could also opt for say pecans, walnuts, cashews, or even peanuts if you’re so inclined.

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Ingredients For Mini Veggie Cheese Balls

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…a few notes about ingredients and making this addictively delicious appetizer….

The cream cheese is the binder for these miniature sized Veggie Cheese Balls. But because it’s so stiff on its own, we’re adding in the sour cream to make the mixture a bit more pliable. This is key for making rolling the cheese balls an easier process.

Chilling the mixture also helps make rolling the cheese balls easier. I tend to let the cheese mixture chill out in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. You can chill the mixture for as little as 30 minutes. I just like to do 1-2 hours because this lets all of the flavors have a meet and greet event.

If you opt to let the flavors have their networking event in the refrigerator, you might find the mixture a bit too stiff to scoop. When this happens, just let the mixture sit out on the counter for about 15-30 minutes to loosen up a little.

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Recipe Tips & Tricks

Making These Cheese Balls in Advance – I like to make these lil Veggie Cheese Balls ahead of time; I’ll mix up all of the ingredients in a bowl (except for the nuts) and then stick the bowl in the fridge.

The longer the mixture sits in the fridge, the better the flavor gets. I tend to keep it in the fridge until I’m either ready to roll a batch or just roll one or two at a time for a snack.

Ways to Use Leftover Veggie Cheese Balls – If you have any leftover cheese balls, smash them down and use ’em as a spread. Sometimes I’ll make a slice of toast and top it with half a cheese ball spread all over. I’ll either eat it plain like that or top it off with a fried egg.

I also like to use leftover cheese balls to fill raw mini bell peppers as a quick snack. One time I even used a couple of the cheese balls as a filling for a quesadilla. I know, it sounds weird, but it was SO good!

close up of nuts on veggie cheese ball

How to Make Mini Veggie Cheese Balls

Step 1. Chop your mixed nuts into however fine a mince that you’d like. I opt for a size that’s between fine and roughly chopped. I want some of the fine pieces to coat the cheese and other pieces to help give these veggie cheese balls some texture. Set your chopped nuts aside. Then, add your cream cheese and sour cream to a mixing bowl.

Step 2. Once you’ve thoroughly mixed your cream cheese and sour cream, add in your packet of veggie dip mix. Give it a good stir to combine.

steps to make veggie cheese balls

Step 3. Next, you’ll add in your shredded cheese. Once you’ve mixed in the cheese, transfer the mixture to a container with a lid. Chill the mixture for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

Step 4. Now that the mixture’s firmed up, it’ll be much easier to roll your veggie cheese balls. I like to use a tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop out a rounded tablespoon of the cheese mixture. Slightly wet your hands a little and use your hands to roll the cheese mixture into a nicely shaped ball.

veggie cheese balls ready to serve

Step 5. Roll the cheese ball around in your chopped mixed nuts, ensuring that the surface of the ball is fully covered.

Step 6. Place your coated veggie cheese ball on a plate. Repeat this process until you’ve rolled all of the cheese mixture into balls and coated them in the nuts.

close up of inside of veggie cheese ball

Pro Tip: Things always seem to go faster when I make these in an assembly line fashion; plus, I don’t end up washing my hands a million times in the process. I use the measuring spoon to scoop out the cheese mixture and drop each scoop onto a plate. Once I’ve got all of my individual scoops done, then I wet my hands slightly and roll each of the scoops into a ball. Then it’s time for the best part and rolling all of them around in the nuts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance can I make these mini veggie cheese balls?

Surprisingly, you could easily make these cheese balls up to a week in advance (sans nuts) and then roll them in the nuts the day of serving. Just be sure to place your cheese balls (sans nuts) in an airtight plastic or glass container and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve to guests or eat as a snack.

How should I store these mini veggie cheese balls?

These delicious, creamy bites o’ cheese are best stored in an airtight glass or plastic container in the refrigerator.

I have guests that have a nut allergy, but really want to make these mini veggie cheese balls. What else could I roll the cheese balls in instead of nuts?

More cheese!! Who doesn’t love more cheese, right?! I would opt for either more of the same Monterey Jack OR go for one that contrasts in color (like cheddar) to make the cheese balls pop! You could even do a mixture of cheese and some finely chopped fresh herbs for an interesting twist.

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5-Ingredient Veggie Cheese Ball Appetizer

Yield: 18 mini cheeseballs
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

A quick and easy appetizer of two-bite veggie cheese balls that'll have your guests thinking they took forever to make!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 packet Knorr's vegetable dip mix
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded cheese (monterey jack, colby jack, or cheddar)
  • 1 cup mixed nuts, chopped

Instructions

1. Roughly chop mixed nuts; ideally, some are chopped finely to coat cheese balls and others are still bigger pieces that will give texture to the cheese balls. Set nuts aside.

2. Combine cream cheese and sour cream in a medium mixing bowl.

3. Add in the dip mix and stir to thoroughly combine.

4. Stir in shredded cheese until mixed well. Transfer cheese mixture to a container with a lid, then refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

5. Scoop cheese mixture out of container by the rounded tablespoon. Slightly wet hands and roll the scoop of cheese mixture into a small ball. Cheese ball will be approximately 1-1.5 inches in diameter.

6. Roll cheese ball in chopped nuts to fully coat the outer surface of the cheese ball. Set completed cheese ball on a plate. Repeat process until all cheese mixture has been rolled into balls and coated in the mixed nuts.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1 veggie cheese ball
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 138mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

This nutrition data is provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Please keep in mind that your specific nutritional values may vary based on the brand of ingredients you use to make this recipe.

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  1. Tejas

    The step by step instructions with photos are so helpful.

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