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Cheeseballs are essentially large balls of cheese that can be cooked and eaten whole or decorated with nuts and spices and served raw on a fruit or cheese platter. They work great as appetizers on special occasions and can be served with dips, crackers, chips, and vegetables. Enjoy!

1. Mac Uncheese Balls

Vegan Mac Uncheese Balls

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The recipe works best with an uncheese made with elbow macaroni or another tiny pasta shape. You have to try these Mac Uncheese Balls by Robin Robertson.

2. Extra Sharp Raw Cheddar Cheeseball

Extra sharp raw cheddar cheeseball

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Ah, the Holiday Cheeseball. When you’re standing around snacking on it at a family gathering, you feel like you’ve got the most coveted spot in the kitchen. If you take this Extra Sharp Raw Cheddar Cheeseball by Somer McCowan to a potluck, you’d better guard it fiercely so it doesn’t disappear while your back is turned. Luckily, this recipe is straightforward with only about 10 minutes of hands-on time.

3. Sriracha and Lime Cheeseball

Vegan Sriracha and Lime Cheeseball [Gluten-Free]

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The spicy kick from the hot sauce and the mellow flavor of the lime combine to make a perfect cheesy snack or spread. This Sriracha and Lime Cheeseball by Abby Thompson is spectacular!

4. Fried Mac and ‘Cheese’ Balls

Fried Mac and 'Cheese' Balls

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These decadent Fried Mac and ‘Cheese’ Balls by Ashley Hankins are comfort food personified. The creamy, fiery jalapeño mac and cheese is shaped into balls, coated in flour and panko crust, and then fried until the balls become golden-brown orbs of deliciousness. Oh, and they are served with a zesty cheese sauce on the side.

5. #5under5: Spooky Spider Cheddar Cheeseball

#5under5: Spooky Spider Cheddar Cheese Ball [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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This is part of our #5under5 recipe series, a collection of original plant-based recipes that cost less than $5 per serving and can be made with only five ingredients. No way, right?! It’s creepy, it’s crawly, and it’s … cheesy? Oh yes! Beware: it’s the Spooky Spider Cheddar Cheeseball by One Green Planet!

6. Festive Cheeseball

Festive Nut-Free Cheese Ball

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This Festive Cheeseball by Renee McKenzie is spreadable, making it perfect for holiday appetizer spreads. Serve it alongside crackers and sliced apples and watch it disappear.

7. Black Sesame Pretzel-Crusted Cheddar Cheeseball

#5under5: Black Sesame-Crusted Cheddar Cheese Ball [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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This is part of our #5under5 recipe series, a collection of original plant-based recipes that cost less than $5 per serving and can be made with only five ingredients. Cheeseballs are always a hit at parties, and who wouldn’t want this Black Sesame-Crusted Cheddar Cheese Ball by One Green Planet at the center of the table? The black sesame seeds contrast so beautifully with the sharp orange cheddar, and the taste is just as tangy, creamy, and cheesy as any dairy cheese you’ll find.

8. Chipotle Potato Balls

vegan chipotle potato balls

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These Chipotle Potato Balls by Kirsten Kaminski are crunchy on the outside, with beautifully soft potato dough and melted vegan cheese on the inside! They are just the perfect appetizer or side dish to any main course! You could even make them gluten-free by using a GF flour blend and GF breadcrumbs if you can find those!

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