Mini Cheese Ball Recipe + $110 Vons Gift Card {GIVEAWAY}

How to Make this Easy Mini Cheese Ball Recipe is easy, and it’s perfect for the holiday’s.  It makes an amazing appetizer to share for holiday parties with friends and family.  I haven’t met anyone yet that doesn’t love cheese and I’ve given you four delicious ways to transform one recipe!  By using Lucerne products you are enjoying good taste from delicious wholesome dairy products!  {{fabulous}}  Big THANKS to VONS and Lucerne Dairy Farms for making this GIVEAWAY possible!   ENTER GIVEAWAY BELOW! IMG_4907b So, this holiday season, I’ve got a secret weapon, and it’s name is Lucerne®.  For real.  It’s an amazing brand that’s been around for 110 years.  That in itself speaks measures!  It’s the only brand that covers every major dairy category.  {{smiling}} Now, back to those Mini Cheese Balls…..

Mini Cheese Ball Ingredients


  • Lucerne® Monterey Jack Cheese, 1/2 cup grated
  • Lucerne® Cream Cheese, 8 oz., softened
  • Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • Mini Phyllo Pastry Shells
  • Pistachios, chopped
  • Dried Cranberries, chopped
  • Pecans, chopped
  • Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
  • Chives, chopped

Directions {step-by-step}


Step 1:  In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.

Step 2:  Freshly grate 1/2 cup of monterey jack cheese, add.  Tip: Freshly grated cheese will stick better in the recipe than the store bought shredded cheese.

Step 3:  Chop 1 1/2 tbls. of chives, add.

Step 4:  Add 1 tbls worcestershire.  Mix until well blended.


Step 5:  Use a small cookie scoop to form balls with the cheese mixture.  Place on wax paper. IMG_4878a Step 6:  Roll mini cheese balls in topping choices that include crumbled bacon, chopped parsley, chopped pistachios and chopped dried cranberries and pecans.  At this point you can refrigerate them until it’s time to serve.  When ready to serve place in phyllo cups.IMG_4885b Here’s another way to cook with Lucerne® Dairy Farms products.  You can also visit Lucerne’s Pinterest board for some more recipe ideas.

Baked Cheese and Bacon Jam Bites
Cuisine: Appetizer
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Serves: 15 mini cups

Crispy bite-sized shells with a warm, creamy and savory mix of cream cheese and melted jack cheese topped with smokey bacon jam.
  • 1 box (15 mini cups) Safeway SELECT® Mini Phyllo Cups
  • 4 oz (1/2 box) Lucerne® Cream Cheese, softened
  • ½ cup Lucerne Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 8 slices Safeway® Farms or Safeway SELECT Bacon
  • ⅓ cup Safeway SELECT Apricot Preserves
  • 2 tbsp Safeway® Kitchens Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Fresh thyme, for garnish (optional)

  1. In a microwave or large skillet, cook bacon until crisp (drain fat), then allow to cool before cutting into pieces. Set aside.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat and mix apricot jam and vinegar over medium heat until well combined. Next, stir in bacon and bring ingredients to a rolling boil. Once this is reached, reduce flame to low and simmer for 5 minutes. This will create the bacon jam used later in step 5.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and shredded jack cheese with a mixing spoon.
  4. Spoon a teaspoon of cheese mixture into each phyllo cup. Press down a bit to flatten.
  5. Top each cup with a dollop of bacon jam.
  6. Baked at 350º for 7 minutes or until bacon jam just starts to lightly caramelize.
  7. Plate and serve, garnishing with a touch of fresh thyme if desired.


  • Enter to win a $110 Vons Gift Card!

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Big Thanks to VONS and Lucerne Dairy Farms for providing the gift card for this giveaway and the product for my recipe!

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  1. 6

    Cynthia C says

    I like the cream cheese because it is so versatile for entertaining. It can be used for appetizers, main dishes and desserts.

  2. 12

    Linda F. says

    I like to use Lucern’s sour cream during the holidays (and year round) because I use it to make a lot of recipes.

  3. 20

    ellen beck says

    We love their cream cheese the very best- in fact I am using a ton of it to make appetizeers for New Years – I am making a dill pickle roll up!

  4. 28

    Beverly Metcalf says

    I like their cream cheese and your Baked Cheese and Bacon Jam Bites look really good, too. Thanks for having the contest.

  5. 29

    Bryan E. says

    Thank You for the giveaway… we use Lucerne cheeses & whole milk in all our cooking / baking, and the kids love skim milk for drinking !

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