Ham It Up Cheese Ball

This week for Mitten Movie Night I’m shaking things up a bit!  No beer pairing.  Instead I am sharing a quick appetizer that can be made for all the fun parties and tailgates that are going on for Fall.  Just a few ingredients and you’ve got a creamy, cheesy, hammy cheese ball recipe that you can serve with chips or crackers. Party perfection!

Ham It Up Cheese Ball from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Usually Friday night is the night hubby and I relax.  Watch a movie, grab a good beer after eating a great dinner.  But tonight is different because I have another date…with my 10 year old!  We are heading to see author Johnathan Rand at the local Middle School.  On a trip 3 years ago to Mackinac Island we found his Michigan Chillers books so we purchased a few.  Since then Big A’s collection has grown quite extensively to include most of the American Chillers as well.  Here he is a few years ago for ‘Dress Like A Book Character Day’ in honor of Kentucky Komodo Dragons.

Ham It Up Cheese Ball from Bottom Left of the Mitten

It was exciting when I was reading our local newspaper and found out he was coming right here to our little town!  We may be small but we have a great Chamber of Commerce, the Dogwood Fine Arts which is putting this together as well as Southwestern Michigan College who put on plays that just make my jaw drop.  It’s a great place to live in the Bottom Left of the Mitten.  So he and I are going to head there while Dad & Little A stay home.

Ok, on to the cheese ball!  I am making this for a party that we are going to tomorrow.  Hay ride, good friends, good food.  I’m excited.  The nice thing about this is it takes just a few ingredients and quick even though it does require some serious stirring.  Check out the video below………

Serve with some pita chips and this cheese ball is party perfect!  And here you are….

Ham It Up Cheese Ball | Bottom Left of the Mitten

 From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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**Music ‘A Hoot’ by Partners in Rhyme

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Ham It Up Cheese Ball from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Ham It Up Cheese Ball
Just a few ingredients and you've got a creamy, cheesy, hammy Cheese Ball that you can serve with chips or crackers. Party perfection!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Appetizer
Servings
cheese ball
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Appetizer
Servings
cheese ball
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Chop green onions and ham into small pieces so that you get a little in each bite.
  2. Add both packages of cream cheese to a bowl. Then add seasoning salt and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir. Add green onions and ham. Finish stirring until all ingredients combined.
  3. Add 1 cup of combined cheeses. Stir until a ball is formed.
  4. On a separate plate put the additional 1/2 cup of cheese. Roll the ball into the cheese. When all cheese has stuck transfer to another plate.
  5. Serve with Pita Chips or Crackers. Enjoy!
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Pork & Bean Nachos

I love dishes that are versatile and can be mixed up. Nachos are a perfect example of taking a blank canvas, the chip, and making it into something spectacular. Add beef, pork or chicken. No meat at all. Loaded to the brim with toppings or simple with cheese and covered in some homemade salsa & sour cream. I’ve even had dessert nachos! Chips dashed with cinnamon & sugar and dipped into a vibrant fruit salsa. Well let me introduce you to a new power house nacho recipe, Pork & Beans Nachos.

Pork & Bean Nachos.

For years I made regular, plain ground beef nachos. Boring!! Sure they’re good but not ‘Next Level Nacho’ good that was until I came across Smothered Beef Barbacoa Chimichangas from The Chunky Chef. I made this for dinner one night and fell in love with the meat that was used for this recipe. It instantly became my husband’s #1 favorite meal.

The next time I made the recipe I did not have any beef but I did have a bone-in pork roast that was in the freezer. I love pork and figured it would be different but just as good. I was right! With plenty of left overs a few days later I used this pork to make nachos and they were a hit! On top of that, I added some other ingredients that I normally wouldn’t which took it to what I was looking for ‘Next Level Nachos’.

So gather your ingredients…..

Pork & Bean Nachos Ingredients

The pork for this is made in the slow cooker so place it into your slow cooker. Combine all your pork marinade ingredients and pour over the roast. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours.  I posted this on Instagram because seriously it made the house smell amazing!

Mittenmommy Instagram of Crockpot Pork

Once pork has cooked pull it out of the cooker and shred.

Pork & Bean Nachos Shredded Pork

Place nacho chips on a greased baking pan making a thin layers. I use a whole bag for the large baking sheet.   Next you will add you beans.  Spread out onto the chips right from the can. No need to preheat or drain. The juice soaks everything up, yummy.

Prok & Beans Chili Beans

Add your shredded pork and your toppings like black olives, tomatoes, jalapenos and onions. Anything you like. Plus LOADS of cheese. I use a whole 8 oz. package of Mexican Blend.  Now this is the additional ‘extra’ ingredients that I add to my nachos. Blue Cheese & Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce.   The tang of Blue Cheese & the Buffalo Sauce just make this….let me say…. Perfect!

Franks Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce & Blue Cheese

Now put in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Pork & Bean Nachos out of the oven

While it’s cooking grab you sour cream, avocado or lime-cilantro dressing. Cut up some crunchy lettuce. And here you are….

Pork & Bean Nachos, enjoy!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Pork marinade adapted from The Chunky Chef

*Affiliate links are included in this post. Please read my Discloser Policy.


Print Recipe
Pork & Bean Nachos
Pork & Bean Nachos. Perfect for a crowd!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
people
Ingredients
Pork & Marinade
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
people
Ingredients
Pork & Marinade
Instructions
Pork & Marinade
  1. The pork for this is made in the slow cooker so place it into your slow cooker. Combine all your pork marinade ingredients and pour over the roast. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Shred pork when it has cooked thoroughly. Remove and discard any bones.
Pork & Bean Nachos
  1. Add chips to greased baking sheet.
  2. Add beans on top of chips.
  3. Add shredded pork on top of that.
  4. Add any toppings you prefer.
  5. Add cheese.
  6. Add Blue Cheese & Buffalo Sauce.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. Top with avocado & lettuce if desired.
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