Not Your Mother’s Cheese Ball: 5 Fresh Recipes for Autumn Entertaining

updated May 13, 2022
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Cheese balls have a bad reputation, probably because they often look (and taste) like they belong in the pages of a faded food magazine from the 1970s. But with the right ingredients and some updated styling, these make-ahead party appetizers can be a modern twist on the usual cheese plate.

These five recipes dress up cheese with nuts, herbs, olives and even fruit, mixing in or layering the additions for a pretty effect. Most break out of the usual cheese ball shape, molding the cheese into loaf-shaped terrines or one-bite balls. Although they need time in the refrigerator to set, cheese balls can often be assembled several days before the party, definitely a plus as the busy holiday entertaining season approaches.

Check out our own recipes below, too — we’ve definitely embraced the modern cheese ball!

More Cheese Balls on The Kitchn

• Thanksgiving Nibble: Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball

• Recipe: Blue Cheese and Rosemary Cheese Ball

Do you have a favorite cheese ball recipe?

Related: Easy Party Appetizer: Grapes Wrapped in Goat Cheese

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