How to Make Sheep and Lamb Cheese Ball

This cheese ball appetizer is perfect to serve with crackers

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Surprise your guests at Easter with this cheesy, meatless and nut-free, sheep and lamb appetizer. It isn’t a holiday celebration until someone brings out a cheese ball!

 

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You’re never too old to play with food! And now that you’re an adult, nobody can stop you either. Just ask my daughter. She reprimanded my granddaughter for playing with a piece of bread at the dinner table, but I don’t like when my grandkids get in trouble, especially at my house (I suppose that’s true of all grandmas).

 

So I pinched off a piece of bread from Ava’s plate, squeezed it between my fingers until it was flat and compact, and told her how, when I was a little girl, I developed my first “dish” by toasting these thin discs on top of our wood burning stove. I guess you could call it my prototype of a toaster, as I didn’t know one existed until much later.

 

If you’re wondering if grandma got in trouble with Ava’s mommy, she did. But, as I said earlier, I’m an adult and I’ll play with food as much as I want. Try to stop me!

 

IT’S OK TO PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD

 

And what a better excuse to play with food than making cute sheep and lamb cheese balls? Easter is my favorite holiday, because of the endless possibilities to make the celebration special. I go all out and make cute desserts like faux sunny side up eggs, Robin’s nests, and surprise Easter bunny to name a few.

 

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These sheep and lamb cheese balls can be made using your favorite recipe.

 

The recipe for these cheesy farm animals is adapted from Jo and Sue. I made the cheese ball without the ham and with different spices. I also gave up making little lambs after only a few (grandma was done playing, ha) and formed the rest of the cheese mix into mama sheep. Problem solved!

 

Aren’t they just about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? They’ll brighten your little ones’ Easter and impress your guests. The step-by-step tutorial makes this classic holiday spread an easy task.

 

WHAT IS A CHEESE BALL?

 

Cheese ball is a great make-ahead appetizer, a favorite party spread or dip making feeding (and pleasing) crowd a breeze. A mixture of cream cheese, shredded cheese, mayo, onions, and herbs is usually the base with other various ingredients you can add for flavors such as nuts, dried fruit, and cooked meat.

 

The classic cheese spread shaped into cute farm animals perfect for Easter.

 

HOW LONG CAN A CHEESE BALL LAST?

 

Cover this sheep and lamb cheese ball with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to a week.

 

Crackers and delicious cheese spread are best when they are super adorable like these sheep and lamb.

HOW TO MAKE SHEEP AND LAMB CHEESE BALL?

 

  1. Mix the ingredients for cheese ball – cream cheese, mayo, parmesan, shredded cheddar, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and dill.
  2. Form the sheep and/or lamb – roll cheese mixture into one large ball for sheep and/or small balls for lamb. Roll into finely shredded Mozzarella.
  3. Assemble the sheep and/or lamb – using ends of a small eggplant and black pitted olives as pictured below press heads and ears on the cheese ball, and add eyes.

 

making sheep and lamb cheese appetizer is easy with step-by-step instructions.

Making heads, step-by-step

 

 

CHEESE BALL RECIPE NOTES

 

  • *Grate the white cheese using the small holes on a grater, or pulsate pre-shredded cheese in a food processor until finely shredded. This makes the perfect sheep’s wool, called fleece.
  • Use your favorite cheese ball recipe instead.
  • You can add cooked and shredded ham, beef or chicken if you wish.
  • If you’re only making little lambs, depending on the size you make them, you should get about 24 cheese balls.
  • Trim the eggplant “head” to fit the size of your “sheep”. Some adjusting is necessary. Best if you can find Asian-style skinny eggplant.
  • Adding eyes is optional. It’ll still look cute without them, but they won’t have a “personality.”
  • Make just the sheep or just the lambs, or a combination of the two. It’s up to you.
  • Make this appetizer ahead and keep refrigerated until ready to serve, or serve it immediately.

 

Cream cheese with herbs is a favorite holiday spread served with crackers or bread.

 

YOU WILL LOVE THIS SWEET CHEESE BALL RECIPE TOO

 

SCOTT’S CHEESE BALL WITH PECANS AND M&M’S

 

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This cheese ball appetizer is perfect to serve with crackers
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How to make sheep and lamb cheese ball for Easter

With step-by-step instructions, making this adorable sheep and lamb cheese ball is a breeze. A classic holiday appetizer that is also perfect as a centerpiece.
Prep Time30 mins
Chilling Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

For the cheese ball mixture

  • 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise or sour cream
  • cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped

For the sheep and lamb

  • 1-2 cups Mozzarella cheese or other white cheese finely shredded (*see recipe notes)
  • 1 small eggplant
  • Whole pitted olives
  • Black and white food coloring optional
  • Toothpicks
  • Crackers for serving

DIRECTIONS:

For the cheese ball mixture

  • In a mixing bowl, with an electric mixer combine the cream cheese and mayo or sour cream until smooth.
  • Stir in parmesan and cheddar cheese, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and dill. Stir together until combined.
  • Chill for 30 minutes to help firm up if the mixture is too soft. 

For the sheep

  • Form the cheese mixture into a ball. Roll the ball into the white cheese, pressing lightly to coat well.
  • Trim off both ends of the eggplant. They will be used for the head and ears (save the rest of the eggplant for another recipe).
  • From the end with the stem, cut off the corners (ears) as shown in step III in the step-by-step picture. Use a paring knife to trim down the flesh from ears and head if necessary.
  • Attach the sheep's head to the cheese ball using two toothpicks, positioning them where the eyes will be (let the ends stick out a bit).

For the sheep eyes (optional)

  • Press together small amounts of cheese between your fingers. Place it gently on the sheep's head, over the ends of toothpicks. Alternatively, you can use a plastic straw to press into a thin slice of cheese, squeeze it out and place over the toothpicks.
  • Using the flat end of a toothpick, dip into the black food coloring and gently press into the cheese to create pupils.

For the lamb

  • Roll small amounts of cheese mixture into balls. Roll each ball into the shredded white cheese, lightly pressing to coat well.
  • Cut olives lengthwise in half. Cut off the corners of one half for the ears, as shown in step I of the step-by-step photo (eat or dispose of the middle piece). The other half of the olive will be the head.
  • Press the head and ears firmly on the cheese, without deforming the ball.

For the lamb eyes (optional)

  • Dip the flat end of a toothpick into the white food coloring and draw the eyes. Dip the other end of the toothpick into the black food coloring and gently add the pupils (eyes are optional).
  • Place the lamb cheese balls on crackers or around the sheep. Enjoy!

RECIPE NOTES:

  • *Grate the white cheese using the small holes on a grater, or pulsate pre-shredded cheese in a food processor until finely shredded. This makes the perfect sheep's wool, called fleece.
  • Use your favorite cheese ball recipe instead.
  • You can add cooked and shredded ham, beef or chicken if you wish.
  • If you're only making little lambs, depending on the size you make them, you should get about 24 cheese balls.
  • Trim the eggplant "head" to fit the size of your "sheep". Some adjusting is necessary. Best if you can find Asian-style skinny eggplant. 
  • Adding eyes is optional. It'll still look cute without them, but they won't have a "personality."
  • Make just the sheep or just the lambs, or a combination of the two. It's up to you.
  • You can make this appetizer ahead and keep refrigerated until ready to serve, but you can also serve it immediately.
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NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
How to make sheep and lamb cheese ball for Easter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 213mg9%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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16 Comment

  1. Reply
    Ron
    March 20, 2019 at 8:52 am

    What a fun cheese ball. They look amazing with those eyes, almost too good to eat. FYI, I used to get in trouble for squashing my bread flat when I was a kid too. But when my parents were out, I’d cut the crust from a slice of white bread, roll it flat and thin. Then I’d butter the bread and sprinkle cinnamon sugar all over and toast until the sugar was caramelized. Do I still do it? Oh heck yes.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 20, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      Haha, my husband does the same thing! Too funny!

  2. Reply
    Mary
    March 20, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Forget about eating it. This has to be the cutest cheeseball I have ever seen Jas!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 20, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you, Mary! They are cute, aren’t they? We still ate them, though. LOL

  3. Reply
    Alice V-DIYerfy
    March 22, 2019 at 7:13 am

    this is such a creative food item, I don’t think any kid could pass it up. Thank you for linking it up with us at #OMHGWW.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 22, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks so much, Alice! I also think they’re hard to resist. x

  4. Reply
    Kristen
    March 22, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    These are just adorable! A perfect addition to a farm-themed birthday party for a toddler, too!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 22, 2019 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you, Kristen! I agree – they’d be great for farm-themed parties. 🙂

  5. Reply
    Angie | Fiesta Friday
    March 25, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Omg, they are beyond adorable!! I’m saving, pinning, bookmarking… I have to make sure I will not forget to make these for my Easter brunch!! Thanks for sharing, Jas. Luv ya! XOXO

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 27, 2019 at 8:27 am

      I’m so happy you like them, Angie! Thanks for pinning!

  6. Reply
    Ai
    March 26, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    How adorable!! I bet kids go crazy for these!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 27, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Thanks so much! They do 🙂

  7. Reply
    firebirdwife
    March 28, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    These are just the cutest! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 29, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      You’re welcome! Happy you like them! xx

  8. Reply
    acraftymix
    March 29, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I’m convinced you are the best Ouma ever Jas. Even picky little eaters won’t be able to resist these cuties. You really are so creative with your cooking

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 29, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      Lol, they like me alright. 😀 Can’t complain. Thank you for your kindness, my friend!

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