I remember this recipe being made for every single family function since I was born… or since I was 3, since that’s when my memory kicks in. I love it; all the kids in my family love it; everyone loves it. Trinity and my cousin Rylin could eat a whole thing by themselves!
All of my friends ask for this recipe. When my friend Jamie was pregnant, she would ask my mom to make her this just because she wanted it. It’s so simple, but so amazing. I’ve met very few people who haven’t enjoyed it.
Where did it come from? Well, according to my mom, she got this recipe from a woman she worked with years ago. Well, obviously it was a long time ago. I’m 29, so it’s been at least that long. This woman brought it in for work functions, but refused to give out the recipe because it was a family secret. After a lot of pestering, she cracked and gave my mom the recipe.
Big mistake. I think everyone we know has this recipe now… not to mention all you fine interweb people.
If you’re the woman who gave my mom this recipe, I applogize. Well, not really because this recipe is too amazing to be kept secret.
Dried Beef Cheese Ball
3 Ounces Thin Sliced Dried Beef
16 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
1 Small Onion
1 Tbsp Mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 tsp Horseradish (Optional)
Chop the dried beef. I usually pulse it in my food processor, but my mom has been known to use her Food Chopper. Reserve about 1/4 of the beef to roll the ball in. Finely chop the onion. I usually throw that in the food processor as well.
Mix all the ingredients, except the reserved beef, together until well blended.
Form a ball and roll it in the remaining beef.
Chill and enjoy.
We usually serve this with Townhouse, Club, or Ritz crackers. When my mom is in the mood, she’ll make a loaf of bread in her breadmaker and cube it. This cheese ball is amazing on the cubed bread!
I’ve even used leftovers on bagels the next morning. Seriously, you can eat this on anything.