Spicy Bite Sized Cheese Balls are a great appetizer for March Madness, the NBA Playoffs or any party.
Appetizers, Cheese and Eggs

Spicy Bite Sized Cheese Balls are Perfect for March Madness

Basketball Tournaments are just around the corner, be it the College Basketball Tournaments or the NBA Playoffs. So, here’s a simple appetizer that would be perfect to serve for your basketball watching parties: Spicy Bite Sized Cheese Balls.

Spicy Bite Sized Cheese Balls are a great appetizer for March Madness, the NBA Playoffs or any party.

My family might think this is a bit blasphemous, but all I did to make these was alter my mother’s recipe for Chili Cheese Logs. Instead of rolling logs of cheese in chili powder, slicing and serving on crackers, I skipped the chili powder and rolled the balls in crushed crackers.

Spicy Bite Sized Cheese Balls

Prep time10 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Cheese and Eggs
Occasion Spring Recipes, Winter
Spicy Bite Sized Cheese Balls are a great appetizer for March Madness, the NBA Playoffs or any party.


  • 2lb sharp cheddar cheese (room temperature)
  • 8oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons red cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup crushed butter crackers (aka Ritz)


Do not used packaged grated cheese. The coating will prevent the cheese from blending properly.


Grate cheddar cheese using grater disk of food processor. If you do not have a food processor, grate by hand.
Place grated cheese in large bowl and add cream cheese, garlic, nuts and cayenne pepper. Work ingredients by hand until smooth.
Roll cheese by the tablespoonful into balls. Roll in crushed crackers. Chill and serve.



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