Best Dill Pickle Cheese Ball Recipe

Dill Pickle Cheese ball - A cheese ball covered in fresh chopped dill sits in the middle of a circle of crackers.

This Dill Pickle Cheese Ball is an easy appetizer that comes together in minutes and contains maximum dill pickle flavour. Dress it up for the holidays or keep it low key for game day. This one’s a winner! 

This holiday themed Dill Pickle Cheese Ball will be the centre of attention at your holiday gathering, potluck, or family dinner. Made from softened cream cheese and chopped dill pickles, this cheese ball tastes almost exactly like dill pickle chip dip. The best part? You can make it ahead of time or whip it up in under an hour. 

What is a Cheese Ball?

A Cheese Ball is a highly customize-able sweet or savoury appetizer that contains a base of softened cream cheese mixed with other cheeses, nuts, seeds, meats, spices, or vegetables. The ball is hand formed then rolled in any variety of attractive coatings. In addition, many recent novel Cheese Balls are shaped and decorated to resemble festive objects, woodland animals or other interesting shapes. 

Dill Pickle Cheeseball - Side view of a cheese ball covered in fresh chopped dill sits in the middle of a circle of crackers.

Cheese Balls – An Elevated Cheese Invention

Have you ever head the expression, “Cheese is milk’s leap toward immortality”? If the former is true than Cheese balls are ‘cheese’s leap towards infamy’. The first Cheese Ball recorded was a giant 1235 pound behemoth sent from Elder John Leland of Cheshire, Massachusetts to President Thomas Jefferson in the early 1800’s. Can you imagine a cheese ball this size rolling across the White House lawn?!

Dill Pickle Cheese Ball ingredients on a metal pan.

Much later on in the 1940’s, Cheese Balls became known as a highly adaptable and economical staple on wartime gatherings. Take a look on Pinterest and you’ll find this cheesy staple has withstood the test of time and has even developed a bit of a cult following. 

Dill Pickle Cheese ball - A cheese ball covered in fresh chopped dill sits in the middle of a circle of crackers.

My Dill Pickle Cheese Ball Inspiration

Growing up I was infatuated with ripple chips dipped in Old Dutch Dill Pickle Chip Dip. On the farm, we didn’t eat a lot of ‘junk food’ so it was a real treat when our parents bought us chips and dip.

These days, I still have the odd craving for this tasty snack. By adding chopped up dill pickles, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder to cream cheese, I have come really close to creating a grow up version of my favourite childhood snack.

Dill Pickle Cheese Ball - Close up of a cheese ball covered in fresh chopped dill sits in the middle of a circle of crackers.

How to Make a Dill Pickle Cheese Ball

Cheese Balls are so easy to make! Begin with room temperature cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer, then add in the rest of the ingredients. After they are mixed together, scrape the mixture onto a plate and place in the freezer for 45 minutes. This helps the cheese to firm up before the final shaping.

After 45 minutes, shape the mixture into a ball with your hands. Smooth out any lumps or divots, then roll in the freshly chopped dill and garnish. 

Dill Pickle Cheese ball - Top view of a cheese ball covered in fresh chopped dill sits in the middle of a circle of crackers.

What to Serve with a Dill Pickle Cheese Ball

When you’re ready to serve the Cheese Ball you have a variety of serving options. Classic Ritz Crackers are always a favourite, as are ripple chips. To mix it up a bit, serve it with pita chips or naan bread. Don’t forget to have some gluten free options for friends on gluten free diets. 

Dill Pickle Cheese ball - A cheese ball covered in fresh chopped dill with a slice missing sits in the middle of a circle of crackers.

How Long Will a Cheese Ball Last in the Fridge?

If you want to make this Dill Pickle Cheese Ball ahead of time, wrap it in plastic before you roll it in the fresh dill. It will keep for up to a week in the fridge this way. If you customize by adding other ingredients, the cheese ball will last as long as your most perishable ingredient. Once you serve the cheese ball, it should be entirely eaten and not refrigerated for a second time. 

Dill Pickle Cheese ball - A cheese ball covered in fresh chopped dill with a slice missing sits in the middle of a circle of crackers.

Can You Freeze a Cheese Ball?

Sure you can! To freeze, wrap the ungarnished cheese ball in plastic wrap then place in another container or plastic freezer bag. It will be good frozen for up to a month. To serve, thaw for an hour or two, then roll in garnish as desired. 

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Yield: 1 ball

Dill Pickle Cheese Ball

Dill Pickle Cheese Ball

This Dill Pickle Cheese Ball is an easy appetizer that comes together in minutes and contains maximum dill pickle flavour. Dress it up for the holidays or keep it low key for game day. This one’s a winner! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese; room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1/3 cup dill pickle relish or finely chopped dill pickles; drained 
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh dill 

Instructions

  1. Place cream cheese, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Dry dill pickles/relish thoroughly with a paper towel. Add to mixer bowl.
  3. Mix well on low/medium speed. Scrape mixture onto a plate and place in the freezer for 45 minutes.
  4. Remove from freezer and quickly shape into a ball.
  5. Smooth the exterior with your fingers and carefully roll in chopped dill. Arrange on plate and enjoy with crackers.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 205 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 57mg Sodium: 424mg Carbohydrates: 4g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

24 comments

  1. Amanda

    Cheeseballs are one of my favorite appetizers for the holidays, and this one is so pretty for Christmas with all that greenery from the dill. Can’t wait to make this — I know it’ll be a hit with the family!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Amanda! My family definitely devoured it!

      Reply

  2. Elaine

    Well, that’s easy! Perfect for holiday entertaining! I love that festive garnish on top. Recipes like yours are ideal for busy December days. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Everyone needs a quick, last minute appetizer recipe right?!

      Reply

  3. Michelle

    Yes! Loving the dill pickle cheese ball! This is so festive and I can’t wait to try it. It’s the perfect balance of creamy, tart, herby and salty.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      You betcha!! Thanks for stopping by Michelle.

      Reply

  4. Collee

    My husband is crazy for dill pickles and anything dill pickle flavoured, (including that dill pickle dip) so I know he’ll be really happy if I make this for one of our holiday gatherings. Thanks for the recipe!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      You are so welcome Colleen, hope everyone enjoys it!

      Reply

  5. Analida Braeger

    My son loves anything with dill pickle flavors and this creative gem is going on our appetizer menu! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Same here! The family is already asking me to make this again at Christmas.

      Reply

  6. Candice

    I’m a sucker for cheese, and a sucker for pickles, so I knew I had to try this. Put it out for thanksgiving and it was such a hit. Thanks for a great recipe!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Awesome! I’m so glad everyone loved it, thanks so much for letting me know.

      Reply

  7. Marisa F. Stewart

    This is so perfect. All the males in our family are simply nuts about dill pickles. This is the perfect appetizer to serve them. I know that there won’t be a smear or cream cheese left when I serve this. Thank you for the recipe – this I know will be a favorite.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      For sure they will…my guys loved it and I did too.

      Reply

  8. Sophie

    This is so good. Perfect as a party appetizer. Thanks for the recipe.

    Reply

  9. Nicole

    This recipe is calling my name! My Baba used to always serve us Ritz crackers, marble cheese and dill pickles on a plate and this recipe is legit the cheeseball version of that!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Classic. Your Baba was fancy…we got velveeta! lol

      Reply

  10. Gunjan

    What a great idea! Live this dude dish recipe. I fortunately have all the ingredients so maki g it for my next gathering.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Great…hope the dudes (and others) love it! Thanks for stopping by Gunjan.

      Reply

  11. Debbie

    When I saw this beautiful Dill Pickle cheese ball I knew it was a must try. I made it for a a small get together Saturday night and it disappeared in no time. The fresh dill coated on the outside was the perfect touch and really made this special. This is a perfect appetizer for any occasion.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Great to hear…I forgot to add in the post but you can definitely double this recipe very easily!

      Reply

  12. Brittany

    This looks like a surefire hit in my book! I can’t wait to try it out myself. I love pairing dill pickle dip with naan bread, but I’ve never considered making a dill pickle cheese ball! Thank you for sharing!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Dill pickle dip with naan…now we’re talking. Yep we’re definitely on the same wavelength.

      Reply

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