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Brandied Triple Cheese Ball for #SundaySupper

Brandied Triple Cheese Ball | Magnolia Days

You walk in and first order of business is to get a beverage. Well, at least after giving a few hugs and hellos. With libation in hand, there is an internal force pulling you toward the array of tidbits waiting to be eaten. You’ve been anticipating it all day and planned ahead to make sure you had plenty of room to enjoy all the delights of the evening. Which one to start out with first? I don’t know about you, but I would head directly toward this brandied triple cheese ball.

Cheese is a champion of starting a party. It is universal in pairing with almost any beverage. Wine? Absolutely, hands down. Beer? Sure thing. Cocktail? Oh yes. What’s even better is when there is a little spirit added into cheese. The easiest way to accomplish that is to mix it in with some other tasty accents and roll it into a ball.

Brandied Triple Cheese Ball | Magnolia Days

Brandied Triple Cheese Ball needs chilling time. The taste is quite different from when it is first mixed together to after being in the fridge for hours. Each component has its own strong quality, especially the blue cheese and brandy. Those are the most prominent flavors right after it is mixed. They mellow out and become balanced with cheddar, cream cheese, grated onion, sriracha, and pecans.

Brandied Triple Cheese Ball | Magnolia Days

A note about the cheeses. I highly recommend grating the sharp cheddar instead of using pre-shredded. It does take a little more time however the flavor and texture will be much better. The blue cheese should be one that crumbles easily as opposed to creamier ones. You want to have the little chunks or crumbles of blue cheese to hold together. Get the cream cheese to room temperature before you get started so it will blend easier.

Brandied Triple Cheese Ball | Magnolia Days

What is your favorite libation? And do you cook with it also? Mine is wine and I definitely cook and bake with it. Take a look at Peach Brandy Pound Cake and Ham Steaks with Madeira Cream Sauce for ones made with fortified wine. Also look below to find more libational recipes for a cheerful Sunday Supper virtual event hosted by Alice of A Mama, Baby and Shar-pei in the Kitchen and DB (aka Foodie Stuntman) of Crazy Foodie Stunts.  And if you like cheese, be sure to try this easy pimento cheese recipe, too.

Brandied Triple Cheese Ball | Magnolia Days
4.41 from 10 votes

Brandied Triple Cheese Ball

This brandied triple cheese ball is made with blue cheese, cheddar, and cream cheese and flavored with brandy, onion, sriracha, and pecans.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 1 5-inch cheese ball
Author Renee


  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon chopped pecans divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Crackers for serving


  1. Place cream cheese, brandy, onion, and sriracha sauce in a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Process until smooth and combined.
  2. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add cheddar cheese, blue cheese, and 1 tablespoon pecans. Stir to combine and shape into a ball.
  3. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup pecans and parsley. Roll ball in pecans and parsley to coat the outside.
  4. Wrap ball with plastic wrap and chill at least 8 hours or overnight. Unwrap ball and serve with crackers.

Recipe Notes

This brandied triple cheese ball is made with blue cheese, cheddar, and cream cheese and flavored with brandy, onion, sriracha, and pecans.

Recipe adapted from one in the Southern Living 1985 Annual Recipes cookbook (no longer in print).

How do you make a cheerful gathering? One good start is to fill your table with lots of tasty treats and beverages. Check out these libational recipes by Sunday Supper contributors:


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Recipe Rating

Candace @ Cabot

Tuesday 6th of January 2015

What a wonderful take on a classic! I've never added brandy to a cheese ball, but I can imagine what a great addition it would be. And don't get me started on the hint of sriracha. That's just genius.I'm so happy to have come across this gem...thanks!

Katie @ The Perfect Brownie

Saturday 27th of December 2014

I have not had a cheese ball in years. I kid you not. Used to have them at Christmas or New Years but somehow got out of the habit. Time to get back in the cheese ball habit!

And my favorite libation is a Kumquat Mimosa. It's a mimosa with kumquat-ade instead of orange juice.

Heather // girlichef

Thursday 18th of December 2014

These cheeseball sounds amazing, Renee - I love everything in it. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to tear myself away...just me and my cheeseball...

Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

Wednesday 17th of December 2014

Love this cheese ball! I can't wait to make it!

Anita at Hungry Couple

Tuesday 16th of December 2014

Wow. Just wow. Also, want.