Everything bagel spiced cheese ball

Full-sized or mini snacking perfection!

Cheese balls are one of those party favourites that seem to go in and out of fashion every ten years or so. I used to serve them faithfully at cocktail parties – back in the days of buffet-style snacking – but stopped when the typical chopped-pecan coating made cheese balls unsafe for potential nut-allergic guests. Nevertheless, I missed their delicious simplicity. This new version is even more tasty thanks to the homemade ‘everything bagel’ spice blend that coats the cheesy deliciousness and adds a ton of crunch and flavour. These days, I prefer to make couple-sized or individual-sized cheese balls for safe snacking. Paired with a box of gourmet crackers, these cheese balls make excellent gifts and are perfect for enjoying with a beverage during videochat visits.


‘Everything bagel’ spice blend:

  • 1 tablespoon (9 g) white sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons (18 g) black sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons (10 g) dried onion flakes (not onion powder)
  • 2 tablespoons (10 g) dried garlic flakes (not garlic powder)
  • 1 tablespoon (9 g) poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (9 g) medium-coarse kosher salt or fleur de sel

Cheese ball:

  • One 8 oz (227 g) tub of spreadable cream cheese
  • 2 cups (165 g) grated old Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • Few dashes (or more) hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) freshly ground black pepper


  • Prepare the ‘everything bagel’ spice blend by putting all ingredients in a small jar. Stir or shake to blend together. Pour about half the mixture into a broad, shallow bowl and set aside.
  • Make the cheese mixture by putting the cream cheese, Cheddar, goat cheese, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and pepper in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir vigorously with a spoon until the cheddar starts to break down into smaller pieces and the mixture starts to blend together. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • With very clean hands, shape the cheese mixture into one large ball or several smaller portions (this recipe can make 6 balls for individual servings). Press down slightly to flatten the bottom of each ball.
  • Lay out plastic wrap on the counter (one for each cheese ball). Working with one ball at a time, press it into the ‘everything bagel’ spice mixture. It may be helpful to use a spoon to sprinkle some of the mixture on the top and sides as you gently move the ball around to press it into the bowl of seasoning. Add a bit more seasoning from the reserved jar if needed.
  • Wrap the cheese ball(s) tightly in the plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving with crackers or crostini.
  • Cheese balls may be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • Leftover ‘everything bagel’ spice mixture can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 6 months. It’s delicious on eggs, avocado toast, roasted vegetables, salads and more.

Serves 6.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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