Tasty, savory bacon cheese balls are an easy make-ahead party snack or appetizer. They are keto and low carb too!
I used to think that keto snacks were a challenge to come up with and that I would just have to learn to live with a constant level of mild deprivation. Over the years, I started to realize that I was (happily) very wrong!
These delicious bacon cheese balls are the perfect keto party snack or appetizer. Think about it. Bacon and cheese … how could you possibly go wrong? 🥓🧀
The search for keto appetizers
Whenever I host a dinner party, I start by serving cocktails and appetizers. It’s a nice way to get everyone relaxed and break the ice. After a cocktail or two, everyone is happy and the conversation flows. That’s when we move to the dining room for the main meal.
I keep the cocktails low carb and simple. Usually vodka soda, with either club soda or flavored Perrier.
Appetizers can be as simple as a platter of aged cheeses, cured meats and cut up veggies with a homemade ranch dip.
These bacon cheese balls are another delicious appetizer that I love serving. They are very easy to make. And another important advantage is that they are served at room temperature, so you don’t need to worry about keeping them warm.
In fact, they are so good, and so easy to make, that I sometimes make them for just the four of us.
The ingredients used in this recipe
You’ll only need three ingredients to make this tasty appetizer (don’t you just love a recipe with a short ingredients list?):
Shredded sharp cheddar: I like to use extra-sharp cheddar, it’s so wonderfully flavorful.
Dijon mustard: It’s creamier and not as vinegary as yellow mustard. I actually wouldn’t use any other mustard in this recipe, only a high-quality Dijon.
Bacon bits: I use store-bought bacon bits. You can obviously make your own if you’d like.
How to make keto bacon cheese balls
It’s so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
Mix together the cheddar and mustard in a bowl. I use a small rubber spatula. A fork works too.
Use your hands to shape the mixture into 12 balls. This part is a little messy, but I don’t worry about it too much. I simply just my your hands after I’m done! Needless to say, my kids LOVE this part and always offer to help. 🙂
Roll each ball in the bacon bits, then place the coated balls on wax paper and refrigerate them until ready to serve.
A bacon-free alternative
If you’d rather avoid processed meats, a great alternative to this recipe that I also make often is cream cheese balls. Their flavor profile is different – they are milder. But they are just as easy to make, and they are so creamy and flavorful.
Is this a make-ahead recipe?
Yes. You can make these bacon cheese balls a few hours before you plan on serving them and refrigerate them. Just remember to pull them out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving them. They taste better when they’re not refrigerator-cold.
What to do with leftovers?
If you have any leftovers, they keep well in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. As explained above, it’s a good idea to take them out of the fridge 15 minutes before enjoying them.
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Bacon Cheese Balls
- 1 cup finely grated sharp cheddar
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup bacon bits (2 oz)
- In a small bowl, use a rubber spatula to mix together the cheddar and mustard.
- Use your hands to shape the mixture into 12 balls. This part is messy, and a bit of a challenge, as the balls tend to fall apart at first. But don’t give up – keep rolling and shaping them, then roll each ball in the bacon bits.
- Place the bacon cheese balls on wax paper and refrigerate until ready to serve, or serve immediately.