Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pepperoni Pizza Cheese Ball

This fun cheese ball comes from my Great Balls of Cheese cookbook by Michelle Buffardi.  This makes for a great appetizer for football season, or any time!  It looks like a long list of ingredients, but it goes together quickly.  I hope you try it for your next party.  Doesn't it look like real pizza??

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped pepperoni
1/4 cup crushed tomatoes
2 1/2 T. chopped bell pepper, any color
1 T. finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press
3/4 t. Italian seasoning
1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs, for decorating
Pepperoni slices and black olives, for decorating

Crackers or baguette slices, for serving

Using a stand mixer or a bowl and spatula, mix together the cream cheese, 2 cups mozzarella (reserve the 1/2 cup for decorating), Parmesan, chopped pepperoni, tomatoes, 2 T. of bell pepper (reserve the 1/2 T. for decorating), onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning.  Form the mixture into a ball and loosely cover with plastic wrap.  Gently flatten the ball into a disk; refrigerate for at least 2  hours or overnight.  I actually made two disks.

Before serving, unwrap the disk and roll the edges in the breadcrumbs, pressing the middle in a bit as you roll.  Set the disk on a plate and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella, pepperoni slices, the remaining bell pepper and olives.  I sprinkled a little oregano on top, too.

Serve with crackers or baguette slices.

I am sharing this with:

Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. Right after desserts, I am addicted to appetizers. And anything cheesey is my favorite. This sounds fabulous for football parties and fall picnics and holiday parties too!

  2. Hi Kitty! I can always count on you to give something wonderful to eat. If only I could reach in and take a bite! :) Hope you're doing well and it was so nice to hear from you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. That looks so good! I'll have to remember it when my son's birthday comes around.

  4. Okay Kitty, I've already pinned this -- I think it looks yummy!! It does indeed look like a real pizza. :) This looks good to me because it doesn't have "strange" cheeses in it. I know that sounds funny; my family teases me because I'm picky about cheeses. I like so many kinds of cheese, but I don't like goat cheese, any kind of blue cheese, or feta either. Just my particular quirks, I guess. :) This would be perfect for Superbowl night -- thank you so much for sharing!!

    Have a wonderful day!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  5. Surely does look good...just pinned it

  6. What a fun football munchie Kitty! I agree, it really does look like a pizza too:@)

  7. Really looks like a pizza! Great idea for a crowd ~


  8. Oops! I should have pinned from BJ because I just pinned it, too.

    1. Fixed! It looks so yummy and sounds like a fun party food.

  9. This looks and sounds wonderful. It would be a hit of the party. Blessings, Catherine

  10. What a fun really DOES look just like a pizza! So creative!
    I bet Ms. C. would get a kick out of making this with me.
    Thank you, again, Kitty, for a delightful recipe.

  11. What a delicious idea and I love how different and unique it is :)

    Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

  12. I love the idea of putting pepperoni into a cheese ball! Thanks for the recipe.

  13. What a fun cheese ball Kitty! I love that looks like a pizza and the addition of the pepperoni :)

  14. Kitty, I don't know why but I had to sign up as a follower for the THIRD time to your blog. What the heck is going on????

    Sorry I have been missing - here I thought you haven't been posting...........should have known better. Anyway, I will catch up on my back reading then. Sheesh.

    Hugs. ♥

  15. oh, my boys (men now actually!) would love this! Looks delicious, and like you said, perfect for football season. Hope you're having a good weekend Kitty.

  16. This really does look good Kitty! I am always looking for new appetizers to try. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  17. I did think it was a pizza when I first saw your photo! Oh, sounds so yummy too!

  18. Never have seen a " pizza" this delicious, it sounds and looks amazing!

  19. Hi Kitty,
    Sounds like we may get a little much needed rain on Thursday and I think we could just gather round and have you awesome Pepperoni Pizza Cheese Ball. This looks so good! This is a fantastic recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with us. Hope to see you again real soon at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen


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