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January 16, 2015

Bacon and Chives Cheese Ball

Bacon and Chives Cheese Ball ~ BEST appetizer or snack especially on Game Day or when having a party and this Cheese Ball will steal the show !

I served this Bacon and Chives Cheese Ball as an appetizer on New Year's Day when we had a very traditional South-African Braai {BBQ}, and we had my mom-in-law and Roy's sister over for the day.

We are not the type of family who visits on a regular basis for many reasons, which I will not go into, but it's nothing major, we all love each other and sort of keep in touch in other ways.

Anyhow, because of the above, my mom-in-law and Leonie {sister-in-law}, decided to spent most of the day with us and had come early. I knew we would be chatting up a storm and also knew that Cheri and Vince would stop by. Dimitri was away on vacation :-(

Bacon and Chives Cheese Ball ~ BEST appetizer or snack especially on Game Day or when having a party and this Cheese Ball will steal the show !

Now, I do not know whether you are the same when having family or friends over, but chatting can make one quite hungry ! Really .. you can take my word for it ;-)  Therefore, this Cheese Ball was not exactly served as an appetizer, but more like an appetizer-snack, as we snacked on it throughout all the gossiping, I mean catching up !

The day before, I had already marinated the meats, cubed other meats, washed/cleaned all the salad ingredients and made whatever I could make ahead, like this Bacon and Chives Cheese Ball . Once the Ball was formed and into the refrigerator I left it there till the next morning when I quickly rolled the Cheese Ball in the Peanut mix, which only took a couple of minutes.

Bacon and Chives Cheese Ball ~ BEST appetizer or snack especially on Game Day or when having a party and this Cheese Ball will steal the show !

A Cheese Ball is such fun to make, because you can really add any ingredients you like, well, obviously not liquid, or rather, if you add any kind of liquid it must be the absolute minimum otherwise you might end up with a Cheese Porridge instead of a Cheese Ball.

One of my favorite combinations is Bacon, Chives and Cheese. I love it in any way served - from a Cheese Ball through to a Quiche and even layered on a lettuce sandwich. One of the other Herbs we have growing just so happens to be Chives and even though we have quite a bit, I seem to use it up in no time at all - good thing Chives actually grow back very quick!

No fancy Nuts today, just plain old Roasted Peanuts, which are not only much cheaper than most other Nuts, but another popular snack with my family. When I make this particular Bacon and Chives Cheese Ball, you will always catch me scooping from the outside rather than the inside - just love those Peanuts !

Bacon and Chives Cheese Ball


250g Cream Cheese, plain, softened
1/4 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
2 TB Fresh Chives, finely chopped
1/3 - 1/2 cup Cooked Bacon, chopped
1/4 t Cayenne Pepper

1 t Dried Chili Flakes
2 TB {extra} Fresh Chives, chopped
2 t Lemon Zest, finely grated
1/3 cup Salted, Roasted Peanuts


1.) In a blender, blend together the Cream Cheese, Feta Cheese, Chives, Bacon and Pepper {you can stir in the Bacon after blending if you prefer} - form an oval ball, cover in plastic wrap and chill for 1 - 2 hours.
2.) Combine the Chili Flakes, extra Chives, Zest and Peanuts - scatter on a plate.
3.) Remove the chilled Cheese Ball from the refrigerator and roll in the Chili/Peanut mixture, pressing very lightly.

Keep chilled until ready to serve but remove from refrigerator at least 15 minutes prior to serving.

Bacon and Chives Cheese Ball ~ BEST appetizer or snack especially on Game Day or when having a party and this Cheese Ball will steal the show !

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By Stephanie Lynn      


  1. I love cheese balls are this looks really good :)

  2. Sounds delicious! Love cheese balls and it sounds so good with bacon too.

  3. Hurray for cheese balls- and this one sounds delish! So many thanks for linking up yesterday at Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again on Saturday with your latest makes!
    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  4. Looks so good Linda! I always forget how much I love fresh chives with cheese. Pinning this for the SuperBowl! Thanks for linking up at Merry Monday! Julia

  5. bacon, cheese and chives oh my!

    saw this on Cook it! Craft it! Share it!

  6. Your Bacon Cheese & Chives Cheese Ball looks so good! In fact I think I'd find it quite addictive! Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop, Linda. Pinned and will tweet :-)

  7. What a great appetizer for the big game day. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Thank you for stopping in and linking up with us this week on #TheWeekendSocial. We love your ideas and hope to see you again this weekend on We have pinned, stumbled & shared your link across our Social Media, FB, G+ and Twitter.

  9. I have a slight obsession with cheese balls. LOL This looks so GOOD. Thanks for linking this up at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week. It is live right now! Can't wait to see what else you have to share! Hope to see you there!


  10. Linda, your bacon and chive cheeseball looks and sounds delicious. Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  11. You had me at bacon! That looks delicious! Such a great idea! Thanks for linking up with the Creative Spark Link Party!

  12. I never thought to use peanuts on the outside, but I can't wait to try it now! I think the outside would be my favorite part too! :)


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