Goat Cheese Bacon Balls

Bacon cheese balls made with goat cheese for a great snack!
Bacon cheese balls piled on a square white plate
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So, I hear there’s a big game coming up? Something about a ball? That gets kicked? Or maybe thrown? Who can say really?

I just know that this is the time of year when people expect lots of appetizer and snack-y recipes.  Such as mashed potato puffs or amazing cold veggie pizza.

I got ya covered. These Goat Cheese Balls with bacon are, admittedly, a little bit fancy for a football game, but they are fun. Also, they’re kind of tasty. I mean, it’s cheese covered in bacon. Yes, please. Pass the bacon covered cheese and back away slowly. Mama’s hungry.

Just be sure to roll these little balls very small. It’s easy to go from perfect little appetizer to big, rich, I think I’m going to barf hunks of cheese. Serve the too-big-barfy ones with crackers and you’ll be fine. True story.

Several goat cheese balls with bacon on a colorful mat and white plate.

Goat cheese balls with bacon recipe

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Goat Cheese Bacon Balls

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Servings: 16 servings
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy recipes, game day recipes, party recipes
Calories: 88 kcal

These Goat Cheese Bacon Balls are, admittedly, a little bit fancy for a football game, but they are fun. Also, they're kind of tasty. I mean, it's cheese covered in bacon. Yes, please. Pass the bacon covered cheese and back away slowly. Mama's hungry.

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme or basil divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup pecans

Instructions

  1. Fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pat the slices to remove excess grease.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, whiz the goat cheese, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of herbs, and black pepper in the food processor. Whiz until creamy and well-mixed, then form small balls, about the size of the tip of your thumb.
  3. Place balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Put in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up a little more.
  5. Clean out the food processor. Crumble in the cooled bacon, the remaining tablespoon of herbs, and the pecans. Whiz until very fine and crumbly; it should be as fine as your food processor will make it.
  6. Take the cheese balls out of the freezer and roll them in the bacon mixture, pressing it in with your fingers if it doesn't immediately stick.
  7. Place the balls in a container on their sides and refrigerate until serving. Serve on toothpicks or with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
Goat Cheese Bacon Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 103mg4%
Potassium 32mg1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on bunsinmyoven.com should only be used as a general guideline.

lightly adapted from The Kitchn