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Bacon and Ranch Cheese Ball



I'm a big fan of serving appetizers and snacks when I'm entertaining.  Although there are some regular recipes I rely on, I always try to be on the lookout for something new and different, too.  Anything that is easy and can make a nice presentation is great!


I like serving different flavors of cheese balls with crackers, chips, or veggies.  People seem to love them and you can be very creative with the ingredients.
Two of my favorite ingredients are ranch dressing and bacon, so I thought putting the two together in a cheese ball would be the perfect combination.



So here it is:

BACON & RANCH CHEESE BALL



You'll need:
1 - 0.4 ounce package of Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix
1 - 8 ounce package of cream cheese
1/2 cup of shredded Colby Jack cheese
1/4 cup of cooked bacon, crumbled into small pieces

Begin by mixing the cream until slightly whipped.  This should only take a minute.  Whipping the cream cheese gives it a great, creamy texture and allows a great mix of the ingredients.


Then add the ranch dressing and stir into the cream cheese.



Fold in the shredded Colby Jack cheese until combined.



Spread the bacon bits out on a piece of plastic wrap.



Mold the cheese mixture into a ball.  Roll it around in your hands pressing gently to ensure that the cheese ball is well packed.  This step will be a little messy!



Roll the ball around in the bacon bits.



Wrap the plastic wrap up and around the cheese ball.  Place it in the refrigerator for at least one hour.



That's all there is to it!  Serve with some crackers or celery sticks.



With some simple ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you have a great appetizer that your guests will love!


Enjoy!

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