This is the oldest recipe I have for a cheese ball. I got this recipe from my sister-in-law, years ago and it is still one of my favorites for making a cheese ball. It's also simple, without a lot of different ingredients. Cheese balls are good to keep on hand during the holidays in case guests drop in or you need something to take to a casual get together. They also make nice gifts. The flavor of this cheese ball just gets better as it ages also. Here is what you need:
2 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened (can use light cream cheese)
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup bleu cheese crumbles (optional)
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 pkg. onion soup mix (I used Lipton)
dash of Tabasco sauce to your taste
2 cups chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
Blend softened cream cheese with Worcestershire sauce, onion soup mix and Tabasco sauce. Mix in cheddar cheese and bleu cheese if you are using it. Cover and chill until it's firm enough to roll into a ball. You can divide this and make two smaller cheese balls.
Spread chopped nuts on a sheet of wax paper. Roll cheese mixture into a ball and roll in the nuts to coat the outside. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for several hours. Take the cheese ball out about an hour before serving. Serve with crackers.