Deviled Ham and Cheese Ball
Recipe type: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8 servings
  • 2- 8 oz. packages Cream Cheese (I use ⅓ less fat variety)
  • 8 oz. ham (about 1 cup), finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • ½ medium red bell pepper, finely chopped (save stem for decoration)
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups orange colored crackers (I use Ritz low fat baked Cheddar Crackers)
  • Flat leaf Parsley (for decoration)
  1. Soften cream cheese by letting it sit out at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Process crackers in a food processor or place in a tightly sealed ziploc bag and crush using a spoon or rolling pin. Set aside.
  3. Place cream cheese in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients, except for crackers.
  4. Mix thoroughly, shape into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour or up to 2 days.
  5. Roll cheese ball in crushed cheese crackers. Form the ball into a pumpkin shape by pressing down the top and making a small indentation. Next, make grooves around the ball using the back of your hand, a pastry scraper or spatula. Fill in any bare spots with additional crackers.
  6. Decorate with parsley, red pepper stem and other fall decorations.
  7. Serve with vegetables and crackers.
Recipe by The Memorable Kitchen at