For a simple cream cheese ball, blend two packages of cream cheese and one package of shredded cheddar in a mixing bowl, then stir in diced vegetables, condiments and spices. Refrigerate the mixture for several hours, then roll it into a ball and coat it with toasted nuts.
After blending the cream cheese and cheddar into a smooth mixture, Kraft recommends using 1 tablespoon red peppers, 1 tablespoon chopped onions, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and a dash of cayenne pepper for the interior of the ball, plus 1 cup toasted pecans for the ball's coating. For a healthier recipe, replace the first two ingredients with low-fat cream cheese and shredded cheddar made from 2 percent milk. Make a nut-free ball by swapping the pecans with parsley.
This classic cheese ball pairs well with crunchy foods, such as produce or crackers. Prep time takes 15 minutes, while refrigeration tacks on an additional three hours. The recipe makes 24 servings in the form of one large ball, one large log or 24 mini cheese balls. Each serving has 130 calories, 13 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein, and Kraft reviewers say that the cheese ball tastes delicious and requires minimal effort.