This recipe for Low-Carb Mini Bacon Chive Cheeseballs makes a delicious appetizer. These cheeseballs are bite-sized, so there is no need for crackers. They can be part of a low-carb, keto, diabetic, gluten-free, grain-free, LC/HF, or Banting diet.

Low-Carb Mini Bacon Chive Cheeseballs on a plate with party picks in each one.

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With holiday parties in full swing, I’ve been working to bring you some options for party food. Cheeseballs make great party food, but usually they are served spread on crackers.

While there are some low-carb cracker options, like our Rosemary Parmesan Crackers and our Grain Free Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Crackers and our Oyster Crackers, sometimes it’s nice to not need to bother with them. Making crackers is one more step and this is a busy time of year already. The easier the better!

Low-Carb Mini Bacon Chive Cheeseballs on a plate-overhead shot

These mini cheeseballs take away the need for crackers. They are bite-sized, so they can be served with party picks. In fact, the nutty coating makes a no mess cheeseball, so even party picks optional.

I based this recipe in my recipe for Blue Cheese, Bacon, and Scallion Cheeseball. I twisted around the flavors to make something unique. Instead of using blue cheese and scallions, I flavored these cheeseballs with cheddar cheese combined with bacon and chives. Then I finished them by rolling them in chopped pecans for a nutty, finger friendly coating. 

These cheeseballs are sure to be a hit at your next party. They also make a great snack to have in the fridge for times of hunger. In fact, they are so versatile that I ate two of them this morning with my bacon for breakfast. Enjoy!

-Annissa

Low-Carb Mini Bacon Chive Cheeseballs on a plate with party picks. One is on a small plate with a bite taken out.

Low-Carb Mini Bacon Chive Cheeseballs on a plate
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Low-Carb Mini Bacon Chive Cheeseballs

This recipe for Low-Carb Mini Bacon Chive Cheeseballs makes a delicious appetizer. These cheeseballs are bite-sized, so there is no need for crackers. They can be part of a low-carb, keto, diabetic, gluten-free, grain-free, LC/HF, or Banting diet.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12
Author Annissa Slusher

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecans finely chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (about 2 ounces) finely shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce gluten-free
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 4 pieces bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons chives thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment. Set aside.

  2. Place pecans in a bowl. Set aside

  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, sea salt and black pepper until well combined.

  4. Stir in the bacon and chives.  Spoon out a tablespoon sized chunk and form it into a ball. Roll the ball in the bowl of pecans to cover all sides. Transfer to the lined cookie sheet. Repeat for the remaining cheese mixture to make approximately 12 balls.

  5. Refrigerate uncovered for 2-3 hours or until firm. Transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1 cheese ball

Per serving:

Calories: 166

Fat (g): 16

Carbs (g): 2

Fiber (g): 0

Protein (g): 4

Net carbs (g): 2