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Close up image of a big smoked gouda cheese ball. The ball has been rolled in cooked bacon and you can see one slice off the end. It is sitting on a blue pottery plate.
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Bacon & Smoked Gouda Cheese Ball (Nuts Optional)

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 1 ball (serves about 20 at a party)


For the Cheese Ball

  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups smoked Gouda grated
  • 10-15 grinds black pepper use smallest setting on the grinder
  • 1 Tbsp. bacon crumbles I used Kirkland pre-cooked
  • 1/2 tsp. minced chives
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

Roll Ball In

  • 1 cup bacon crumbles or chopped pecans


  • In a medium mixing bowl use a fork to mash all ingredients except bacon/pecans to roll the cheese ball in.
  • Use a spatula to scrape the cheese mixture out unto a large piece of cling wrap. Use your hands to mold the cheese into a ball inside of the plastic wrap. If you have time, refrigerate the ball for an hour or so to firm it up. If not proceed to the next step.
  • Gently unmold the cling wrap from the ball and place it on a bed of bacon or pecans. Roll the ball until every side is covered in the coating. If there are a few bare spots press bacon in gently to cover.
  • Serve with a variety of crackers.


1. Make the ball a day or so ahead so the flavor has time to develop a bit.
2. If you choose to roll the ball in pecans try adding 4 Tbsp. of bacon to the ball instead of 1 to up the bacon flavor.
3. For a variation try using ½ cup of pecans and ½ cup of bacon to roll the ball. Either mix them together before rolling or do half the ball in pecans and half in bacon. Have fun with it!