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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

2 (8 oz each) packages cream cheese (I used the fat free)
1 (1 oz.) packet dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
4 green onions, thinly sliced
5 pieces of turkey bacon, fried and crumbled
1/4 cup chopped black olives, optional
pecans or almonds, finely chopped for coating

1. Mix together the cream cheese and dry ranch packet.  I put mine in the mixer and used the paddle attatchment.  That made it so easy.  Otherwise, mix in a bowl until smooth.
2.  Add the cheese, onions, olive and bacon.  If you are short on time, buy the real bacon bits and add about a 1/2 cup.  I just used fried up some turkey bacon.
3.  Shape into a ball.  Roll it in the nuts to coat the outside.  You can make one big ball or two smaller ones.
4.  Keep it stored in the refrigerator.
Recipe adapted form Awesome Recipes

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