Party-Ready Cheese Balls and Cheese Logs

Entertaining guests? These decadent recipes are easy to share — and even easier to eat.

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Pomegranate Cheese Ball

Tart goat cheese and herbs are hidden by a shell of pomegranate seeds, turning your appetizer platter into something spectacular.

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Ranch Dressing Cheese Log

Trisha's cheese log is an ideal snack or appetizer for entertaining. For picture-perfect presentation, roll the log in chopped pecans and serve with crackers or bagel chips.

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Italian Cheese Ball

Bring the flavors of Italy into your kitchen with this easy and decadent cheese ball. Smoky provolone, salty olives, salami, artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers are combined with cream cheese, then coated with a layer of toasted pine nuts.

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A Trio of Cheese Logs

A garlic-flavored cream cheese serves as the base for a trio of cheese logs: Cheddar jack and parsley, sharp Cheddar-pecan and pizza-flavored.

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Pretzel-Crusted Cheese Balls

These bite-size cheese balls are packed with flavor thanks to smoked gouda, a pinch of fiery cayenne pepper and a coating of salty pretzels.

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Savory Cheesecakes

These tiny cheesecakes — really cheeseballs in disguise — are a genius addition to the appetizer spread at your next party or get-together.

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Fig and Pepita Goat Cheese Log

Katie makes a classic, crowd-pleasing appetizer even simpler with her version of the cheese log. She simply spoons fig jam over goat cheese and finishes it off with a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds, salt and pepper. It’s delicious, elegant and easy.

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Pumpkin Cheese Ball

This adorable take on a pumpkin-shaped cheese ball gets its bright orange coloring from ground-up cheese puffs and its stem from a bell pepper.

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Cream Cheese Log with Sweet-and-Spicy Cranberry Relish

A food processor is the key to Valerie’s cranberry relish — she pulses the berries with jalapeno, scallions and orange zest to make the topping for her cream cheese log.

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Football Cheeseball with Herbed Crackers

For a game-day app that goes the whole nine yards, whip up Valerie’s nutty cheese ball. She serves the dish with store-bought crackers, which she dresses up with melted butter and tasty herbs.

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Pimiento Cheeseball

Who doesn’t love a cheeseball for the holidays? Katie incorporates pimientos, hot sauce and mayonnaise to mimic the flavors of a classic pimiento cheese spread.

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Pistachio-Coated Cheese Log

Inspired by the recipes of the 1970s, this retro cheese log is flavored with lemon and cayenne, then rolled in pistachios. Don’t forget the crackers for serving!

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Holiday Cheese Ball Wreath

Bring your outdoor holiday wreath inside with this festive and easy appetizer. Use a small Bundt pan to form a wreath shape, or roll the mixture into a ball or log. For a cheese ball worthy of any big gathering, skip the Bundt pan and colorful garnish and roll the ball in toasted sliced almonds instead.

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Mini Cheese Balls

Who says cheese balls need to be supersized? These mini versions from Food Network Magazine are rolled in a variety of toppings like bacon, pumpkin seeds and chopped nuts.

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Blue Cheese Cheese Log

One of the best things about cheese it that it can easily be molded into log form — and foods shaped like logs always mean that you're in for a good time. This version balances the nuttiness of Swiss and the pungency of blue with sweet dates and smoky bacon. If logs aren't your thing, you can always roll this into a ball, too.

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Snowman Cheese Ball

A classic cheese ball transforms into a festive holiday hors d'oeuvre with a few simple additions, like a carrot nose and black olive eyes. Serve with savory crackers for the perfect party snack.

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Big Game Pizza Ball

This pepperoni-covered snack is completely gratuitous, but totally worth it. Consider it a slightly more elegant way to get your pizza fix while you yell at the TV.

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Pumpkin Cheeseball

Shaping this festive, fall cheese ball is easier than you think — wrap the ball of cheese in plastic wrap before you start shaping it. When you’re happy with the way it looks, unwrap it, place the stem on top and serve. Easy!

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Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

Wondering how a tasty cheese ball becomes a festive Christmas tree? A coating of fresh green herbs and pomegranate seed 'ornaments' will do the trick!

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Herb Coeur A La Creme

Coeur is the French word for “heart”. This dish gets its name from the heart-shaped mold that is usually used to make it. Don’t worry if you don’t have one — you can just as easily drain the cream cheese mixture in a sieve lined with cheesecloth.

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