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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Rochelle's Havarti Cheese Ball

This creamy, flavorful Havarti cheese ball is simple to make. It is made with very few ingredients and coated in diced bell peppers for a surprising but delicious appetizer.

havarti cheese ball coated in diced red, yellow and orange bell pepper and circled by crackers on a plate

      This super creamy and flavorful cheeseball is loaded with havarti and feta. It is then rolled in colored sweet peppers for an unexpected finish. It is perfect spread on crackers and has been a hit with every crowd who has encountered it.

   This recipe was originally shared in 2015.  I was introduced to this cheese ball by our good friend Rochelle.

    She made it for a New Year's Eve party and I was instantly hooked.  Since then it has made an appearance at several of our parties.

Havarti cheese ball shaped in a carrot shape with orange bell peppers on the outside and green onion greens for carrot greens

    We love it coated with a variety of bell pepper colors, it makes for a fun presentation.  But we have also been known to do one color and shape the cheese ball into a shape other than a sphere.

    My mother in law made this recipe and shaped it into a heart covered with red pepper bits for her wedding open house.  I've done orange peppers and shaped it like a carrot for Easter and a pumpkin in the fall.

Havarti cheese ball coated in orange bell pepper pieces with the top of a bell pepper on top as a pumpkin stem with crackers on a plate

     This most recent iteration was the first time we haven't shaped it into a strange shape in a while.  It was quickly gobbled up by all my siblings and grandparents at a family dinner.

Tips for making the cheese ball and simple substitutions:   

Food processors are a perfect vehicle for making a cheese ball. You can start with blocks of cheese instead of shredded, so there is no filler.

Plus it will do the work of mixing all the good stuff into the cream cheese for you.  I am choosy about when I go through the effort of going to the basement to get my food processor and clean it afterwards, but for cheese balls I always grab it! 

Food processor full of creamy and herby Havarti cheese ball mixture ready to be rolled into a ball

Bringing your cream cheese to room temperature before mixing in the other ingredients will help the food processor (or your arm!) 

Cheese balls are a great make ahead appetizer.  Mix the actual cheese ball up to a couple of days ahead of time and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill until just before the event.

Save the outer coating until the day of serving.  Take the cheese ball out of the fridge and roll it in the nuts, bread crumbs, cheese, bacon, herbs or in this case peppers.  Use this time to reshape the cheese ball as it likely has a flat spot from sitting in the fridge.

Havarti cheese ball wrapped in plastic wrap out of fridge after chilling with diced colored peppers on a paper towel behind it ready for rolling/coating

Cheese balls are actually best served at room temperature. So roll the cheese ball in the coating and then allow it to sit at room temperature for a bit before setting it out for your guests.

Be sure to have plenty of crackers on hand! Other great accompaniments include thin slices of baguette, carrots and celery sticks, cucumber slices and more. 

The recipe calls for half Havarti and half feta cheese.  I have actually gone with a full 4 ounce piece of feta before and omitted the feta and it was excellent that way as well. 

Feel free to play with the herbs.  We really like the oregano and green onion version, but I could see a combination of thyme, chives and/or parsley working wonderfully as well.

Havarti cheese ball mixture spread over crackers

What is Havarti anyway?

Havarti is a super creamy semi-soft Danish cheese.  It is really smooth and sometimes has small little holes in the cheese reminiscent of, but not nearly as large or plentiful, those in Swiss cheese.

The flavor of fresh Havarti is really mild and buttery, so it can blend well with any number of other flavors.  It melts well and in a case like this, incorporates easily into the cream cheese mixture to make a silky smooth texture.

Aged Havarti can have a slightly stronger flavor, but would still work well in a cheese ball like this.  Do yourself a favor and get to know Havarti cheese!

More great cheese ball recipes

bacon bruschetta cheese ball with bacon and bread crumb coating and diced tomatoes and chiffonades of fresh basil for garnish

If you are looking for a little more bacon in your cheese ball, this bacon bruschetta cheese ball may be for you! It has plenty of fresh basil, tomato and of course bacon! 

close up of pepperoni pizza cheese ball that has been rolled in shredded Parmesan and chiffonades of basil

If you are a pizza fan, this pepperoni pizza cheese ball is right up your alley! It has everything you'd expect and tastes even better than you might think!

What is your favorite kind of cheese ball?

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Yield: 12 servings

Havarti Cheese Ball

Havarti Cheese Ball

This creamy, flavorful havarti cheese ball is simple to make. It is made with very few ingredients and coated in diced bell peppers for a surprising but delicious appetizer.
prep time: 15 Mcook time: total time: 15 M


  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Havarti cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped bell pepper*


How to cook Havarti Cheese Ball

  1. Beat cheese, milk, oregano and green onions in bowl with electric mixer on low until blended
  2. Beat on medium speed until fluffy, scraping bowl frequently
  3. Shape cheese mixture into a ball (or carrot!) and roll in bell pepper
  4. Serve with crackers


*Ro says the peppers can get watery, so she normally chops them the night before and lets them drain on a paper towel in the refrigerator. This helps them stick the the cheese ball better.
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This creamy, flavorful havarti cheese ball is simple to make. It is made with very few ingredients and coated in diced bell peppers for a surprising but delicious appetizer.


  1. That turned out so cute. It's fun that Ro shared her recipe

    1. I thought it turned out pretty cute too! Ro said she made one to bring to her mom's house too. It is a popular one!

  2. What a nice presentation, it is adorable and I'm sure everyone loved the cheese a little more when served that way. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. Thanks! It was a lot of fun to make. Sometimes these things are cuter in my mind than reality, but I think this one really turned out well!

  3. Your 'carrot' looks so cute, Carlee, and delicious too!

    1. Thank you! It was fun to watch people's reaction as they saw it.

  4. This is so cute! I love cheese balls and I love your idea to make it in the shape of a carrot! Pinning to try. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

    1. Thank you! It was really easy to make and tasty too. Thanks for hosting!

    2. Hi Carlee, I absolutely love your carrot shaped cheese ball, it will be one of my features tomorrow at What'd You Do This Weekend :)

    3. Thanks so much, Joy! I hope you had a great weekend!

  5. This looks so good! I’m drooling right now. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party. Please stop by on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Thank you so much! This is a really tasty cheese ball. I hope you are enjoying your weekend, see you Monday!

  6. I love cheese balls. Thank you for coming to the Inspire Me Monday Linky party on Monday. I'm Janice, one of your hostesses.

    1. Me too! This is a really good one too. Thanks for hosting!

  7. Thanks so much for coming by and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate every one of them!
    I had to come by and to say that your Havarti cheese ball is genius . . . and so festive!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Have a great week,

    1. Thank you! We really enjoyed the cheese ball. It is really flavorful and I have to admit I was pretty tickled with myself over the carrot shape. Have a wonderful week!

  8. Oh my gosh...LOVE it! That is so adorable for Easter. ;-D

    1. Thank you! I was pretty pleased with the way it worked out!

  9. This is perfect for an Easter celebration. It's so cute! Plus, havarti and feta are two of my favorite cheeses.

    1. I loved this cheese ball at the couple of parties where our friend Ro brought it. I couldn't resist turning it into a carrot for our Easter gathering once I had the recipe! Thank you!

  10. I'll take a plate of this stat please and thank you! Looks so yummy, totally pinning! Have a great day xo

  11. This is adorable! I love Easter themed food :). Pinning!

  12. Carlee this is SO cute for Easter, I would definitely hate to eat this, I'd just want to keep it as a decoration on the table!

    1. It's too tasty not to eat! You can always make another ;-)

  13. What fun. I love a good cheeseball and love the versatility!

  14. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchenJuly 29, 2019 at 8:37 AM

    This sounds delicious and I love the addition of feta. Feta makes everything even more yummy!

    1. You would love this then, it is super creamy and really delicious!

  15. Love the different designs that you have made this cheese ball into. Thank you for the cheese ball tips.

  16. What a great cheese ball that we will sure enjoy! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


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