Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball

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Last Updated on June 17, 2020 by Lisa Johnson

Are you ready for some BASKETBALL? That doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? Well as you can probably guess by the image, I have created a Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball that looks like a basketball!! There are some big games coming up next week, and people are going to show up at your house and expect food…..

bacon cheddar cheeseball covered in shredded cheddar cheese and minced olives designed to look like a basketball sitting on a white plate surrounded by crackers

What? That just happens at my house? I don’t believe it, people want food…..all people! The appetizer table is always wiped out within minutes, and this Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball is a huge hit! Since I had so much fun creating recipes for football season, I thought it only right to cover my basketball bases as well. Luckily, this cheeseball is seriously simple to create!

How to make a Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball:

Make sure you set your cream cheese {mine is dairy-free} out on the counter for a couple of hours to soften. Whip together in a large bowl until smooth and creamy…..

Bacon Cheeseball soften cookingwithcurls.com

Add the garlic, parsley, green onions, chili powder, pepper, and Worcestershire, and stir to combine…..

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball garlic cookingwithcurls.com

Stir in the bacon and 2 cups of finely shredded cheddar cheese {sharp cheddar is lactose-free}. Stir to combine…..

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball bacon cookingwithcurls.com

Line a small bowl with plastic wrap and fill with cheeseball mixture…..

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball bowl cookingwithcurls.com

It’s just a basic soup bowl from Target. Wrap tightly with the plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve, at least 2 hours…..

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball chill cookingwithcurls.com

Remove from refrigerator and turn out onto serving plate {or parchment paper} and gently press the remaining cheese all over the cheeseball to completely cover…..

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball lines cookingwithcurls.com

My cheesy hands were not going to pick up the camera, sorry. 😉 If you would like to make the stripes for the basketball, dump a can of black olives in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped…..

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball olives cookingwithcurls.com

I only  used about 1/2 of the olives, but didn’t have another use for whole olives. 😉 Use a small spoon to carefully create curved lines across the top of the cheeseball. Use your fingers to squeeze and press into place when needed.

Clean off your parchment paper or serving plate and serve with Cheez-its, crackers, pretzels, veggies, or bread chunks…..

a cheddar cheese covered cheeseball with a large scoop out of the side surrounded by crackers

But don’t think this Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball is only for basketball season, it is just as delicious without the olives…..

cheddar cheese covered cheeseball surrounded by pretzels and crackers on a white plate

more delicious dip recipes:

What will you be serving on game day?


bacon cheddar cheeseball covered in shredded cheddar cheese and minced olives designed to look like a basketball sitting on a white plate surrounded by crackers

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball

Celebrate the big game with this Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball that is designed to look like a basketball, or leave it plain, Don't forget your favorite crackers.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, cheddar, cheese, ball, party, appetizer, basketball, game
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 391kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or finely minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon minced green onions
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder*
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 slices cooked bacon chopped
  • 3 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • ½ can black olives finely chopped (optional)


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  • Add garlic, parsley, green onions, chili powder, Worcestershire, and pepper, stir to combine.
  • Stir in bacon and 2 cups of shredded cheese.
  • Line a small bowl with plastic wrap, and fill with cheeseball mixture.
  • Place cheeseball in refrigerator to chill, at least 2 hours.
  • Remove plastic wrap, and gently press remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese around the cheeseball to completely cover.
  • If using olives to create basketball, place in food processor bowl and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Using a small spoon, create curved lines and press lightly to hold in place.
  • Serve with crackers, pretzels, veggies, or bread chunks.


*if you like things spicy, use more chili powder


Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 543mg | Potassium: 150mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1255IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 362mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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  1. Visually, I’d have a hard time digging into this cheeseball, it’s so perfect! However, the flavor sounds incredible! Once I got started, I probably wouldn’t be able to stop!

  2. This is such a fun idea for a cheese ball! With Summer coming, we’ll be having plenty of parties and I need more appetizer recipes!

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