2 hours 15 mnutes
With a creamy mix of crumbled bacon, crunchy pecans, cheddar cheese, and tasty ranch seasoning, this retro bacon ranch cheese ball is ready for your next party!
‣ 16 ounce cream cheese, softened ‣ 1/4 cup sour cream ‣ 1 package dry ranch dressing mix, (or 2 tablespoon homemade) ‣ 2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded ‣ 1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced, divided ‣ 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided ‣ 1 1/2 cup pecans, chopped ‣ crackers, for dipping
In a small bowl, mix up the pecans, half of the bacon, and half of the green onion. Cover or seal the bowl and place it in the refrigerator until ready to use (likely anywhere from 2 hours or two days from now).
Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl) whip the cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch seasoning until soft and pliable.
urn off the mixer and toss in the cheddar cheese plus the remaining bacon and green onion. Use a spatula to gently mix it all together.
Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap, then scoop the cheese ball mixture into the center. Lift up the sides of the plastic wrap to completely cover the mixture, forming it into a ball shape. Once done, chill for a few hours.
On a clean work surface, spread out the pecan mixture. Unwrap the cheese ball and place it on top of the pecans, then use your hands to cover and press the pecan mixture into the outside of the cheese ball.