Jennifer Causey
Hands-On Time
15 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
12 (serving size: ¼ cup)

Ball sports need cheese balls and this cheese ball is simply fun! Crushed pretzels and peanuts give the exterior of this appetizer some serious crunch. The satisfyingly salty outside gets freshened up with dill and bright mustard. It’s easily customizable, which makes it a great recipe to keep on hand, so feel free to make it your own after you try this one. Sub in a mix of different cheeses, fresh herbs, or roll in a variety of chopped dried fruit and nuts.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place pretzels and peanuts in a ziplock plastic bag. Seal bag, leaving a 1-inch opening at one corner. Lay bag flat on a work surface, and lightly crush pretzels and peanuts with a skillet, meat mallet, or the flat side of a measuring cup. Set aside.

Step 2

Combine cream cheese, mozzarella, dill, mustard, salt, and pepper in a bowl or the bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Stir or beat on low speed until combined. Shape mixture into a ball, and chill 15 minutes.

Step 3

Place pretzel mixture in a shallow dish. Roll cheese ball in pretzel mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Serve with crackers.

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