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Apr 16, 2019

Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball

This smoked salmon cheeseball is loaded with Havarti cheese with dill, cream cheese, mayo, and smoked salmon. 

Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball #cheeseball #smokedsalmon

There are also chopped shallots in the mix. Once you have formed the salmon cheese ball, you roll it in chopped chives to coat it.

This cheese ball is is delicious spread on bagel chips or "everything" style crackers. This smoked salmon and cheese spread was a huge hit at work, where I shared it. I particularly love the havarti with dill. The "built in" herbs make this cheese ball extra easy to make.

Cheese balls seem to be having a resurgence after having been deemed lowbrow for many years. Just because they were popular in the era of shag carpet, doesn't mean they shouldn't be loved for what they are.

I'm beginning to see those iconic port wine cheese balls coated in almonds in the deli section of my supermarket.

In fact, they have their own holiday, April 17. Go ahead, make cheeseball to celebrate.

Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball with dill havarti  #cheeseball #smokedsalmon

How to make this smoked salmon cheeseball:

  1. All you need to do is process all of the ingredients in your food processor, with the exception of the chives. 
  2. Next, you form the mixture into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and then chill it for about three hours. 
  3. Finally, you roll the cheese in the chopped chives, and serve! 
You can make this up to two days in advance, making it an easy party appetizer. 

If you love smoked salmon as much as I do, you should definitely check out my:

This month, the Fantastical Food Fight is all about cheese balls. Check out everyone's contributions. 

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Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball with dill havarti and chives #cheeseball #smokedsalmon

Smoked Salmon Cheeseball Recipe

Yield: 20 servings


  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded dill Havarti cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon, chopped
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh chives


  1. Add all of the ingredients except the chives to the bowl of a food processor and process until the mixture is smooth. This should take about a minute. 
  2. Turn the mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap and form it into a ball. 
  3. Wrap the ball up with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours and up to 2 days. 
  4. When ready to serve, place the chives on a plate. 
  5. With your hands, shape it gently to even out any lumps or uneven parts. 
  6. Unwrap the cheese ball and roll it in the chives to evenly coat. 
  7. Set the ball on a serving platter and let rest at room temperature for 15 minutes and then serve with crackers, bagel chips, or crudités. 
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This recipe was adapted from The Cook's Country Cookbook

Would you like to comment?

  1. This looks and sounds so decadent. It would be the perfect appetizer at a dinner party.

  2. The chives on the coating gives a beautiful color and taste to the cheese ball, looks delicious.

  3. This is so up my alley- I love smoked salmon and chives- leftovers on a good!

  4. Dill Havarti and Smoked Salmon....what a great flavor profile. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This sounds so good, Karen! I really love smoked salmon and this is such a fun way to enjoy it. I bet it's delicious!


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