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This Bloody Mary Cheeseball Recipe is the best easy appetizer option for entertaining. Made with many of the same ingredients and toppings as a traditional Bloody Mary drink (but without the alcohol) this family friendly hors d’oeuvre is full of great flavor and would look especially festive at a Christmas or other holiday party.
Sometimes I feel like I’m a little bit behind when it comes to entertaining. I don’t know if this is the result of having a small house without a ton of room to host dinner parties (or a dining room for that matter) or that in our current season of life, no matter how hard I try to keep up, our home always looks like Hurricane Alice came through with the exception of approximately four hours after our cleaning lady comes (three of which are while we’re all still at work/daycare).
The bottom line is I don’t entertain guests as much as I’d like to and I resolve to fix that, beginning with this holiday season. I mean, what better time to go out of my way to have guests join us than when everyone is feeling merry and celebratory and looking to eat all -the-things?
With this new resolution in mind and a heart and belly for all things hors-d’oeuvre-y, I figured it was probably a good time to brainstorm some new and delicious appetizer options that are easy to whip up and look pretty and festive for holiday entertaining.
I’m not sure it’s possible to go to a holiday get together in my family and not come across RITZ Crackers. Whether they’re an integral part of the requisite cheese platter or used as a vessel upon which to hoard as much of my Grandma Eve’s Shrimp Dip as possible (it’s every man for himself when that incredible dip is available- stay tuned, I’ll be sharing that soon!) it’s simply not a party without RITZ Crackers.
In terms of every day life, my husband is positively addicted to these. In fact, when this particular post collaboration came to fruition, I knew that my biggest challenge would be keeping RITZ Crackers in the pantry long enough to get photos of them. If J knows that we have them, he will not be able to stop himself from unapologetically eating through an entire box.
Being that my whole family has such an undying love for RITZ Crackers, a collaboration seemed like a natural next step and I couldn’t help but jump at the chance to create a recipe that would be the perfect addition to those very crackers while also being quick and easy to make for your holiday guests.
So I began brainstorming a Cheeseball concept. Though I had never made my own Cheeseball, I have tasted several at various events throughout my life. I try not to ever turn down the opportunity to try various Cheese varieties, especially if they’re mixed with other tasty offerings.
I knew I wanted a fun idea that was also family friendly. And through all of this, the idea of a Bloody Mary kept creeping into my head. Now, I do love a good Bloody Mary, but it isn’t exactly a family-friendly option and generally doesn’t involve cheese.
But being the scrappy gal I am, I thought to myself, “Why not remove the Vodka and use the zesty, savory ingredients that you typically find in a Bloody Mary to make a festive holiday Cheeseball to spread on my RITZ Crackers?” And the rest, as they say, was history.
This Bloody Mary Cheeseball certainly delivers when you’re looking for a savory, delicious appetizer option. You have all the fantastic flavor components of a traditional Bloody Mary: tomato, green olives, hot sauce, Worchestershire sauce, horseradish, celery salt and I even crusted it in crumbled bacon since it’s one of my favorite Bloody Mary garnishes.
The ingredients were all super easy to find at my local Walmart Super Center. Mine even had a super convenient RITZ Crackers display which made it even easier to find my favorite crackers. Even better, here’s a another link to the great cash-back opportunity with Ibotta because saving money is always a good thing!
Yields 6-8 servings
This Bloody Mary Cheeseball Recipe is the best easy appetizer option for entertaining. Made with many of the same ingredients and toppings as a traditional Bloody Mary drink (but without the alcohol) this family friendly hors d'ouevre is full of great flavor and would look especially festive at a Christmas or other holiday party.
1 hr, 10 Prep Time
1 hr, 10 Total Time
- 2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup of shredded white cheddar cheese
- 1 Tbsp. of tomato paste
- 1 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp. of hot sauce
- 1 tsp. if prepared horseradish
- 1/2 tsp. of celery salt
- 1/4 tsp. of black pepper
- 1/2 cup of chopped green olives stuffed with pimentos
- 3/4 cup of crumbled bacon or bacon bits (try to find ones that are real bacon)
- 1 Tbsp. of fresh chopped parsley
- RITZ Crackers
- Cut up celery
- In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the cream cheese and the shredded white cheddar.
- Add the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, horseradish, celery salt, black pepper and chopped green olives and mix well until fully combined.
- Use a spatula to scrape all the cheese mixture in to the middle of the bowl and pop it into the refrigerator to chill for about 10 minutes (to make it easier to roll into a ball).
- Mix your bacon crumbles and parsley well in a bowl. Using you (clean) hands, roll your cheese into a ball and carefully roll it in the bacon and parsley mixture.
- Wrap it in and place it into the refrigerator to chill for at least and hour or until you're ready to serve it. This can be made the night before and should stay good in the refrigerator for a few days.
- Spread it on RITZ Crackers and celery sticks and enjoy!
This can be made the night before and should stay good in the refrigerator for a few days.
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