Cheese Ham Ball

If you want to impress someone with a great appetizer this is for you.  It will get you rave reviews no matter where you take it.    My friend Marilyn has served this many, many times and it is always a hit.  In fact, if she doesn’t bring it she is really in trouble.  The recipe has been shared  with everyone and I have it somewhere, but when I wanted to make it last month for my tennis match in Newnan I could not find it.  Syble of course had the recipe and sent it to me.  So I’m in the grocery store buying everything and the recipe doesn’t say what size can of deviled ham to use.  Thank goodness for phone cameras and text messaging.  I took a picture of both sizes of ham and sent it to Syble and the small can was the winner.  Speaking of using your phone camera in the store.  I get the biggest kick watching husbands shopping for groceries.  There will be some conversation followed by picture-taking and more conversation, ” Okay good I’ll get this.”  What a help for husbands that don’t have a clue about shopping.

Nothing could be easier to make and it is just wonderful!  I could eat the whole thing myself.  Thank goodness that I do have a little self-control.  You cannot mess this up.  Just make sure that you have a sharp knife to cut the green onions and bell pepper.  Oh, you might need some stirring skills and that’s about it.

Those of you admiring the cheese dish and knife.  That too, is by way of my antiquing friends Marilyn and Syble.  They let me come along for the ride on a Saturday morning and I came home with this winner.

Here’s what you will need:

Ready to roll in chopped pecans:

Cheese Ham Ball from Marilyn

Yield 10-15 appetizer servings


  • 1 8- ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 3- ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 2.25 can Underwood deviled ham
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions ( I used green parts only)
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Crackers


  1. Finely chop bell pepper and green onions.
  2. Mix bell pepper, onions, garlic salt, deviled ham, and cream cheese.
  3. Refrigerate until somewhat firm.
  4. Roll in pecans.
  5. Serve with crackers.


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2 responses to “Cheese Ham Ball

  1. Talk about a blast from the past, eh? Maybe you are too young to remember the neighbourhood competitions to see whose mom would have the best ham and cheese ball at Christmas!
    They are yummy!

  2. i’ve been called a cheese ball many times, and i don’t mind, because who doesn’t love a cheese ball? ๐Ÿ™‚ this is a great appetizer, for sure.

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