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Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Dip is a quick and simple appetizer with a perfect combination of flavors. This easy cheese ball recipe is creamy, crunchy, sweet, salty, and delicious!

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Dip is a quick and simple appetizer with a perfect combination of flavors. This easy cheese ball recipe is creamy, crunchy, sweet, salty, and delicious!

Cranberry Feta Cheese Dip

Calling all my feta fans! This appetizer has all the right things going on…a variety of textures, a sensational combination of flavors, and it literally can be made in minutes! Need another easy, delicious party favorite? Check out my Crab and Cream Cheese Crescent Ring! Your guests will thank you!

Ready to Entertain with Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Dip

If you haven’t figured this out yet, I love to entertain. Anything from birthday parties to holiday gatherings, or just having friends over puts me in my element. And while I do have my favorite dishes to serve, I always get excited to make something new. For this particular cheese ball recipe, I remember tasting something similar at a local cafe. I immediately knew that I had to try to recreate it.

The flavors were amazing, and I was pretty sure that I could create it with easy-to-find ingredients. I hate to brag, but I nailed it on my first attempt! I made it on a Sunday afternoon for no special occasion at all. And before I knew it, my family was scraping the bottom of the bowl, looking for more. As quickly as it disappeared, I knew it would be a hit at my next party.

My favorite thing about this recipe is how sophisticated it tastes but just how easy it is to make. The first time I served it for guests, my aunt made me promise that I would make it again and again because she loved it. I laughed a bit and then asked if she just wanted the recipe for my cranberry pecan cheese ball dip. Her shocked expression was absolutely hilarious when she learned just how simple it was.

I even got the “you have got to be kidding me” stare from her. She was blown away that five simple ingredients could come together so perfectly to create such rich flavors and textures.

Check out my simple recipe below, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

A delicious-looking scoop of cranberry pecan cheese ball dip loaded on a triangle cracker

Ingredients for Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Dip

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped  
  • 1 cup craisins
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
ingredients for cranberry feta cheese dip

Substitutions for Cheese Balls

One of my favorite things about this cheese ball recipe is the sheer potential for adding or substituting ingredients. 

For example, you can swap the pecans for sliced almonds, the feta cheese for blue cheese, and even the craisins for apple chunks. 

I really don’t think you can go wrong with this one.

Here are a few more ideas for recipe substitutions to get the ideas flowing.

Cream Cheese Substitutes

  • Ricotta cheese
  • Gervais cheese
  • Little Swiss cheese
  • Neufchâtel cheese
  • Tofu
  • Hung curd
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cashew cream cheese

Feta Cheese Substitutes

  • Ricotta cheese
  • Halloumi cheese
  • Queso Fresco cheese
  • Goat-sheep mix cheese
  • Tofu

Green Onion Substitutes

  • Chives
  • Leek
  • Shallots
  • Ramps
  • Onions (white, red or yellow)
  • Wild garlic

Craisins Substitutes

  • Raisins (golden or black)
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried currants
  • Pitted dates
  • Dried cherries

Pecans Substitutes

  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Cashews
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Hickory nuts
  • 2-4 tablespoons of pecan oil per 1 cup of shelled pecans (for flavor but not texture)

How to Make Cranberry Feta Cheese Dip

As I have already mentioned, this is such a simple recipe that basically comes together in one step. 

All you have to do is combine the cream cheese, feta cheese, green onions, craisins, and pecans in a medium mixing bowl. This is much easier when your cream cheese is softened. 

Continue mixing until everything is well-combined.

To top things off, I always like to sprinkle a few extra craisins, pecans, and green onions on top. 

And that is it! It really is that easy. 

This dip can be served immediately or after chilling. I like to serve mine with pretzels or a variety of crackers.

A heaping bowl of cheese ball dip with crackers scattered behind

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Yield: 16 servings

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Dip

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Dip

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Dip is an easy appetizer with a perfect combination of flavors. Creamy, crunchy, sweet, salty, and delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup feta cheese

  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped 

  • 1 cup craisins

  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir cream cheese, feta cheese, green onions, craisins, and pecans.

  2. Serve chilled with your choice of crackers.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 128Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 23mgSodium 131mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 3g

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