Bacon and Chives Cheese Balls Recipe

Ingredients
for 18 servings

    • 12 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese
    • 1 cup Shredded Four Cheese Mexican Blend
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder (if you don't like spicy, use sweet red paprika)
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
    • 6 slices bacon, cooked to a crisp and finely chopped (I used turkey bacon. If you prefer, you can also use bacon bits, instead)
    • 6 slices bacon, cooked to a crisp and finely chopped (I used turkey bacon. If you prefer, you can also use bacon bits, instead)
    • 18 pretzel sticks

Nutrition Facts

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  • Calories 81g
  • Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 20mg
  • Carbohydrates 2g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Protein 4g
  • Estimated values based on one serving size.

Cooking Instructions

  1. 1Mix together cream cheese, four cheese, chives, garlic, chili powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper; mix until well blended and smooth. Form into 18 small balls and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.

  2. 2Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

  3. 3Remove from fridge; lightly grease hands with cooking spray and form 18 small cheese balls.

  4. 4Pop back into the fridge for about 1 hour.

  5. 5In a shallow dish, combine chopped bacon and chopped chives.

  6. 6Insert a pretzel stick on each cheese ball and roll balls in the bacon and chives mixture.

  7. 7Insert a pretzel stick on each cheese ball and roll balls in the bacon and chives mixture.

  8. 8Take the cheese balls out of the fridge about 20 minutes before you are ready to serve.