Ham & Olive Cheese Ball

This is a fantastic cheese ball recipe that you can add to, and make different for any occasion! You can change this recipe by withholding the meat and adding any of the following: green olives, pimentos, chopped onion, taco seasoning, seasoned salt, parsley or fresh crab. Try adding whatever you desire. Just always start with cream cheese and Cheddar cheese, and away you go!


1 cheese ball


2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 ounces thinly sliced cooked ham, chopped
1/2 (2.25 ounce) can black olives, drained and chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts


In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, garlic powder, salt, ham and olives. Form the mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped walnuts until heavily coated. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

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