A cheese ball is a classic appetizer! It is perfect for holiday dinners, parties with friends, or date-night at home! A cheese ball appetizer is made from a base of soft cheese such as cream cheese, and then you can add other variety of cheeses or toppings to boost it’s flavor. Because a cheese ball is made from a soft cheese, it can be molded into different shapes, like a pumpkin!

This cheese was molded to be the perfect center piece for a Thanksgiving cheese tray, but this recipe can work for any gathering! We wanted to add some protein to this traditional recipe to help balance blood sugars and displace saturated fats that can be found in full-fat dairy products. We found a Greek yogurt cream cheese that did just that! Greek yogurt cream cheese contains 4 times the protein compared to regular cream cheeses. I found this Greek yogurt cream cheese at Wegmans.

You can pair this appetizer with sliced vegetables, whole wheat crackers or pita chips, or fruit. The leftovers from this recipe can also last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks!

Another heart-healthy dip you can serve at any party is baked hummus!

Thanksgiving Cheese Ball

Course: Appetizer, Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine: American
Condition: Diabetes
Servings: 16 servings


  • 2 8 oz blocks Greek yogurt cream cheese
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp thyme fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  • In a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment, combine all ingredients and beat until smooth.
  • Use a spatula to scrape cream cheese mixture onto the center of a large piece of cling wrap. Form cream cheese into a ball and close cling wrap tightly around the ball. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • Cut the stem off of a bell pepper. Remove cheese ball from fridge. Remove cling wrap and place on serving tray. Press stem onto top of cheese ball. Serve with crackers and/or veggies.


Thanksgiving is next week! Come join Klara and Kaitlin to learn how to make some diabetes-friendly Thanksgiving side dishes

Posted by Rebecca Bitzer and Associates: Maryland Dietitians on Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 2mg

Please note:

Nutrition info is an estimate and may contain errors.

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