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port wine cheese ball and crackers on wood board

Port Wine Cheese Ball Recipe

This swanky retro Port Wine Cheese Ball with almonds has a sneaky heat balanced with the sweet port wine. It makes a lovely holiday appetizer but is delicious enough to eat all year.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 121kcal


  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 8 oz fine grated sharp cheddar freshly shredded
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • cup port wine
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp seasoned salt
  • parchment paper
  • crackers or apple slices to serve with


  • Set oven to 350 degrees. Bake 1 cup sliced almond on baking dish for 5 minutes or until toasted. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, add 8oz sharp cheddar, 8oz cream cheese, ⅓ cup port wine, 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, and ½ seasoned salt. Pulse until completely mixed and smooth.
  • Using a spatula, transfer cheese mixture into a food storage container for 2 or more hours for the cheese to firm.
  • Once firm, cut a piece of parchment paper and empty the mixture in center of parchment paper. Form into a ball. You can use the parchment paper to help you form the ball.
  • Cut an additional piece of parchment paper. Place toasted almond slices on parchment paper.
  • Roll the cheese ball in the toasted almonds until it is completely covered with the toasted almonds.
  • Serve with sliced apples or your favorite crackers.



Use fresh grated cheddar cheese. Pre-shredded cheese has a coating that keeps it dry and prevents it from breaking down properly to absorb the flavors.


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 0.4mg