Nothing can beat Mom’s Cheese Ball recipe! Full of great cheddar cheese, a little jalapeno, pimento, olive & a secret ingredient! Perfect holiday appetizer! It is easy to make and an instant favorite which is why I am sharing this today with you for Sunday Supper’s Easy Holiday Party Recipes!
Mom's Cheese Ball Recipe

Mom’s Cheese Ball was a yearly tradition every Christmas Eve with the Law Family. Dad and Mom would pack us kids up along with the goodies and head up to my grandparent’s home. There we would see family that we didn’t get to see as often as we may have wished to. We would sit around their small trailer with grandparents, my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Enjoy the good food and company, and most of the time the music! My Grandpa Law could play just about anything he got his hands on (and my Dad can too!). I can still see him today with his great big grin, his fiddle and his teasing nature.

Mom's Cheese Ball Recipe

Time goes by, kids grow up, and my grandparents have all passed on. I still have the memories. It’s a good thing but a sad thing. Good to remember, sad that we don’t get together anymore. When Grumpy and I lived back home, we started a tradition of going to see his mom on Christmas Eve. Now that we don’t live nearby anyone anymore, we don’t really have a tradition. Maybe it’s about time we started one this year!

Mom's Cheese Ball Recipe

When I make this recipe, I usually double it. I have made logs in the past as mom always did, but this year I decided to go with making it into a ball. No matter what shape, the taste is still the same and after sitting for a few days the flavor is great.

Mom's Cheese Ball Recipe

Don’t let the egg in this throw you off. It threw me off when I first found out that mom put an egg in it. As a child I wouldn’t eat an egg unless I was at my Nanny’s house for breakfast – and then I could only eat it if she would cook the yolk hard! The hard boiled egg in here really is an essential part of the recipe. I don’t think it would be the same if you left it out.

Mom's Cheese Ball Recipe

My mom would use a green bell pepper in her recipe, I have changed it a little for my spicy tooth and subbed with jalapeno pepper. I reduced the amount of jalapeno because Grumpy’s a little more wimpy than me in the heat factor zone. Also, I used white extra sharp cheddar for my cheese and bought it as a brick, then shredded it. I highly recommend that is what you do too! The cheese ball looks orangish but that is because when you put the chopped pimento in it gives it a little color. It’s all good!

Do you have a holiday recipe tradition, past or present that involves a family recipe? Leave me a comment below to let me know, I would love to hear your traditions and favorite recipes for the holidays too!

Mom’s Cheese Ball
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
  • 1/2 lb. grated sharp cheese (I use super sharp!)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons minced onion
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons minced Jalapeno pepper or 3 Tablespoons minced green pepper
  • 3 chopped green olives
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped pimento
  • 1 chopped hard boiled egg
  • 1/2 cup fine crushed saltines
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Combine all ingredients together. Shape into log (or ball) and wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 day prior to serving.

Today’s Sunday Supper is being hosted by Caroline of Caroline’s Cooking




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This post was originally written on December 14, 2008. It has been currently updated with new photos and text. The recipe remains the same.