Mozzarella Cheese Ball (Low-Carb & Gluten-Free)

Mozzarella Cheese Ball – only 5 ingredients! Cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, mozzarella, mayonnaise, and chopped pecans. This is great for parties and holiday snacking! SUPER easy to make and tastes fantastic! Can make in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve. Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly, and Gluten-Free! #cheese #appetizer #cheeseball #mozzarella #snack #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree

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This recipe came from my Mom. She made it a few years ago for Christmas and I fell in love with it. It might be my favorite cheese ball ever! This is made with Ranch dressing mix and mozzarella cheese. I don’t think I’ve ever had a cheese ball with mozzarella cheese in it. It was SO good. I had a hard time controlling myself around this! I could have easily eaten the whole thing by myself (I’m not even joking!). This cheese ball will be making an appearance for holidays again this year!

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How to Make Mozzarella Cheese Ball

This is a super easy recipe to make. Simply combine cream cheese, Ranch dressing mix, mayonnaise, and mozzarella cheese. Shape the mixture into a ball or log and roll in chopped pecans. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • Can use low-fat or fat-free cream cheese.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • You can divide the cheese mixture into 2 equal balls or into smaller individual balls for parties.
  • Sometimes I like to stuff the cheese mixture into celery and top it with the chopped pecans.
  • If you don’t want to roll the cheese ball in pecans, you can use fresh herbs, walnuts, almonds, chili powder, paprika, or crushed pork rinds.
  • Is Mozzarella Cheese Ball gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients in the cheese ball are gluten-free.
  • Is Mozzarella Cheese Ball low-carb and keto-friendly? Yes! All of the ingredients in the cheese ball are low-carb.
  • How long will a cheese ball keep? The cheese ball will keep up to two weeks covered in the refrigerator.
cheese ball rolled in pecans and crackers

What to Serve with a Cheese Ball

We usually serve the cheese ball with some crackers or veggie slices. I especially like this with the Spicy Snack Crackers I posted earlier this month. OMG! SO good! This is also good with Sociables, Wheat Thins, or Better Cheddars.

Here are a few of our favorite party snack recipes from the blog that go great with this cheese ball:

cheese ball rolled in pecans and crackers

Mozzarella Cheese Ball

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Mozzarella Cheese Ball – only 5 ingredients! Cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, mozzarella, mayonnaise, and chopped pecans. This is great for parties and holiday snacking! SUPER easy to make and tastes fantastic! Can make in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve. Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly, and Gluten-Free! #cheese #appetizer #cheeseball #mozzarella #snack #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ (1-oz) package dry ranch dressing mix
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • finely chopped pecans

Instructions:

  • Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Form mixture into a ball and roll in chopped pecans.  
  • Refrigerate several hours to overnight before serving with crackers.

Notes:

  • Half a package of ranch dressing mix is 1½ Tablespoons or 4½ teaspoons.
  • Can use low-fat or fat-free cream cheese.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • You can divide the cheese mixture into 2 equal balls or into smaller individual balls for parties.
  • Sometimes I like to stuff the cheese mixture into celery and top it with the chopped pecans.
  • If you don’t want to roll the cheese ball in pecans, you can use fresh herbs, walnuts, almonds, chili powder, paprika, or crushed pork rinds.
  • Is Mozzarella Cheese Ball gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients in the cheese ball are gluten-free.
  • Is Mozzarella Cheese Ball low-carb and keto-friendly? Yes! All of the ingredients in the cheese ball are low-carb.
  • How long will a cheese ball keep? The cheese ball will keep up to two weeks covered in the refrigerator.

Steph

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  1. Is the mozzarella cheese a “regular” mozzarella cheese or a specialty? Recipe lists it as mozzarella cheesecheese ball with ranch dressing… unless you have gremlins like my laptop that has a mind of its own! Just made your spicy snack crackers yesterday. You have such good recipes…thanks for sharing!!

  2. Just finished making this – modified with a whole packet of ranch, and 3 TBS of mayonnaise, as it was becoming too wet while I was mixing. Will report back – thanks for the great idea & Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Try it with Ranch DIP mix instead of dressing, it's more flavorful and i's finer and mixes much better!

  4. Made this for an office party today and the only thing I will change next time is to add more of the ranch seasoning mix. Needed more flavor, we thought. Will try it next time with the enitre package of mix. If that's too much, will keep trying until I get a happy medium!

  5. This sounds scrumptious! I love cheese balls and my kids make fun of them. That's ok though…more for me. 🙂

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