Smoked Gouda Cheese Ball

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A smoked Gouda cheese ball is the perfect appetizer for holiday gatherings, a wine-and-cheese party, and game-day festivities. This easy cheese ball recipe is real crowd pleaser! Here’s how to make cheese balls in a snap!

Smoked Gouda Cheese Ball Recipe

Ingredients for Cheese Ball Recipe

These are the simple ingredients for making this smoked Gouda cheese ball recipe:

  • Smoked gouda cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • White Zinfandel or Chardonnay
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Clove of garlic
  • Slivered almonds

Ingredients for Cheese Ball Recipe

How to Make Cheese Balls

For making cheese balls I recommend a durable stand mixer or food processor. Today I’m using my handy Breville Sous Chef.

  1. Remove the cheese rind.
  2. Cut the cheese into 1/2-inch cubes.
  3. Place the squares into a food processor.

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How to make cheese balls, step by step:

  1. Add in the butter, wine, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and pressed garlic.
  2. Process the mixture for 25 seconds.
  3. With a rubber spatula, scrape down the bowl if needed.

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  1. Continue blending until smooth (approximately 15 seconds more).
  2. Turn off the food processor and lift the lid.
  3. Transfer the cheese mixture to a board.
  4. With clean hands, gather it together and form it into a ball.

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  1. Roll the smoked Gouda cheese ball in slivered almonds.
  2. Gently press the almonds into place.

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  • Transfer the cheese ball to a serving tray.
  • This cheese ball recipe can be served and enjoyed immediately!

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  • If a firmer consistency is desired, refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • Serve cheese ball with a variety of crackers and sliced apples.
  • Recommended wine pairing: White Zinfandel, Chardonnay, or Pinot Noir.

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This savory cheese ball recipe is easy to make! Serve your smoked Gouda cheese ball with freshly-sliced red and green apples, and a variety of rustic crackers.


  • 1 pound smoked Gouda cheese, rind removed
  • 21/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine*
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 11/2 tablespoons fresh basil, diced
  • 1 small clove garlic, pressed
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds


  1. Add the cheese, butter, wine, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and garlic to the bowl of a food processor or stand mixer. Blend ingredients until smooth. Do not over-process.
  2. Transfer to a cutting board. With clean hands, gather the mixture together. Form it into a ball.
  3. Roll cheese ball in slivered almonds. Lightly pat almonds into place.
  4. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for an hour or two for a firmer consistency.


I recommend White Zinfandel or Chardonnay. Another great choice: Pinot Noir.

  • Prep Time: 10

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What do you think about this easy cheese ball recipe? Would you enjoy serving a smoked Gouda cheese ball at your next party? Join the conversation in the comments below!

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  1. Wow, this appetizer is a real show stopper! I had no idea it was so easy to make a cheese ball and I love how you broke it down with photos. Making this again for Thanksgiving!

  2. A cheese ball is so important for a holiday party and this one looks really delicious. And seeing this really makes my mouth water.

  3. THIS sounds and looks delicious. Will definitely give this cheese ball a go next time we have a party. Great idea.

  4. That Cheese ball is a bomb! I would love to taste this too. For the meantime, I will copy your recipe and will try it out as well.

  5. Woah, this smoked gouda cheese ball looks so good! I always struggle with what to make for an appetizer when we are invited to other peoples houses, this would be a great appetizer for me to make. It would be a crowd please for sure, thank you for the idea!

  6. This looks and sounds so yummy. I think me and the hubby need a date night or to invite some friends over. This would be perfect.

  7. I love cheese, and this dish looks so perfect for a holiday party appetizer. I want to try making it this year!

  8. Oh my goodness yes please 1001 times over! This sounds absolutely delicious – in fact I am salivating at the very thought!

  9. I am drooling. I just love cheese balls. I’ve never tried to make one on my own and I really should. This looks incredible.

  10. It’s just not a holiday party without a good cheeseball. Love the smoked gouda flavor of this one! It’s a keeper!

  11. Now that looks like a great appetizer! I I am always looking for something different to serve as an appetizer. This would totally fit that bill.