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National Cheese Ball Day – April 17 – Recipes & Fun Facts

April 17 is celebrated as National Cheese Ball Day. If this party appetizer is something you enjoy, read on for some fun facts and recipes to honor this tasty food holiday.

One of the great things about cheese balls is that there are both savory and sweet versions of them. We have plenty of recipes for both below.

April is a month full of national days devoted to all sorts of food. Check out the full list of April national food days here.

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National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with.  Be sure to check out my national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.

What is a cheese ball?

A cheese ball is a party appetizer that is normally made with cheddar cheese, cream cheese, onions and spices.  Often the ball is coated in chopped pecans.A cutting board with red pepper, a dish with cream cheese and cheddar cheese, and a dish with garlic and jalapenos, all ingredients used in making cheese balls on a counter.

Over the years since it first appeared, the sky is the limit for ingredients in the ball and on its outside coating

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Brush up on your knowledge of cheese balls with these fun facts. Some may surprise you!

  • According to legend, Michelle Buffardi, the author of Great Balls of Cheese, says that the first cheese ball in recorded history was made by Elisha Brown, Jr in 1801.  He presented the cheese ball to President Jefferson at the White House.
  • The term “cheese ball” can also refer a commercial snack that looks like puffed air and has an orange outside to it.
  • Cheese ball also is used to refer to a person or thing which lacks taste, style, or originality.
  • Cheese balls are often served at parties during the holidays.
  • The earliest mention of a cheese ball was in a 1944 cookbook called “Food of My Friends”.

How to celebrate National Cheese Ball Day

Would you like to celebrate National Cheese Ball Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.

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  • Brush up on your cheese ball technique with a cheese balls cookbook.
  • Have a party and ask everyone to bring their favorite cheese ball to sample.
  • And, of course, make a cheese ball yourself for your friends and family.
  • Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #nationalcheeseballday. Here is a tweet to get you started:
Today is #nationalcheeseballday.  Grab some cheese and fillings and treat your family to a comfort food treat.  🧀🧀🧀 Click To Tweet

Recipes for National Cheese Ball Day

Cheese balls are the perfect way to start any party. They are savory and easy to make and everyone loves them!  Try one of these on for size.A collage of three cheese ball recipes, one shaped like a football, one decorated with crushed Oreos and one with bacon and chives and a text overlay that reads "delicious cheese ball recipes".

Cheese Ball Recipes

Easy and fun to make, these cheese ball recipes will be the hit of your next party.

More national days in April

There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in April. Be sure to check out this post to discover more about the national days in April.

Be sure to also check out these national days this month:

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