Holidays are often more chaotic than relaxing, but regardless of elevated stress levels, there is always good food to be had. Do you sometimes have unexpected guests drop by because "it's the holidays" and find yourself unprepared, munchies-wise? Are you cookied-out? Make a holiday cheese ball! Cheese balls are impressive-looking and usually spawn the flattering question, "did you really make that?" They are also incredibly easy to make, and keep well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and in the freezer for 2 months! As long as you have crackers on hand and a festive plate, you are ready to entertain at a moment's notice. This recipe has many shortcuts: buy pecans that are already chopped, cheese that is already shredded, and a package of ranch dressing mix in place of chopping up garlic and onion.

Step 1: Prepare

Gather the ingredients and utensils! You will need a cutting board, knife, medium-sized bowl, spoon, and measuring cup. Here are the ingredients:

1 12-oz container cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (about 9)
1/2 of a 1-oz package ranch dressing mix
2/3 cup chopped pecans
it needs more cheese. and bacon. yummmmmmmm............
Wow, That looks really nice! I think I saw something similar to this in a cook book but it had a different recipe, I think, I'm going to try this sometime soon! Thanks, Awesome Instructable! ~Shifrin
aliciak your such a cheese ball, lol this looks good, if I make it sometime I think I'm gonna add some bacon
looks quality! but im persionally not a cheeseball fan, lol. hmmm.. gives me ideas for variations >:-D.... you just gave me an idea for a instructable (when ever i get a camera :-( )
that looks like it may be quite good. im a fan of cheese balls, and a big fan of sun dried tomatoes. so i may have to make this during the holidays.

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