Dried Beef Cheese Ball Recipe - Allrecipes.com
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Dried Beef Cheese Ball

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"This recipe is our family's holiday favorite. Grandma usually doubles the recipe, otherwise it won't last long! It can be rolled in ground nuts, bacon bits, or left plain."

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Original recipe makes 1 tennis-sized ball Change Servings
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    5 mins

    35 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, dried beef, and chopped onions. Mix well, then season with onion salt, monosodium glutamate, and Worcestershire sauce. Form into a ball, and refrigerate.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 27, 2008

I only gave this 4 stars because if I wouldn't have read the reviews of other similar recipes before hand I would have also added the onion salt and it would have been too salty. I also omitted the MSG because it's just not needed. I've made this before but just checked the recipe to ensure I had all ingredients right. Its too salty for sure if you add the onion salt, so I just omit it. You can't tell the difference. Sometimes I just add a few more onions to the mixture. It's important to use room temperature cream cheese in order to be able to mix it easily. Easy recipe, great taste!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 16, 2004

This family must have been denied salt as children. Every ingredient has salt. You have to drink a lot of liquor not to notice this baby's real taste. Yuck!


13 Ratings

Jan 21, 2010

I've used a similar recipe for years. I use 2 pkg. cream cheese to dried beef, green onion to taste and worchestershire sauce. NO salt or MSG is needed.

Dec 22, 2009

This has become a holiday tradition for us! My husband loves this cheese ball and drools over the idea of having it at Christmas. :) I don't use the MSG. I do shape it into a ball and roll in chopped pecans. Delicious!!!

Jun 21, 2003

This (minus the MSG) was a hit at my Grandmother's surprise 65th birthday party. I thought it was ok...but everyone else seemed to enjoy it! There were not any leftovers!

Feb 22, 2004


Dec 22, 2011

I looked this recipe up because I had lost my original recipe. I'm using this on Christmas Eve - minus the MSG. After reading the reviews, I wanted to state that I am not a salt lover. I will not be adding the salt or MSG, and I ALWAYS rinse the dried beef before adding. Always turns out perfect for me this way. If you want to get extra randy with it...substitute the Worcestershire sauce for Tobasco or Texas Pete. Thanks for posting this recipe! I feared the husband would be going without this year. :)

Dec 28, 2010

I'd give it a 0 if I could. Who makes anything for a family dinner with MSG anymore? This cheese ball gave my brother a serious migraine.


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  • Calories
  • 96 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 8.1 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 4.4 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 429 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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