The Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

March 20, 2018

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • pinch or two of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh finely chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • juice from half a lemon or two teaspoons of lemon juice
  • Few dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • 2- 8 oz packages of cream cheese room temp
  • ½ cup of Smoked Gouda shredded
  • 1 – 9 oz jar of TBJ Gourmet Classic Bacon Jam

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl add the buttermilk, sour cream, Mayonnaise, garlic, salt, pepper, fresh chopped dill, fresh chopped chives, the lemon juice and Tabasco sauce. Slowly whisk all the ingredients till fully blended. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if necessary. *** Note – Ranch Dressing can be made ahead of time and will last a few days if refrigerated.***
  2. Add the Cream Cheese to the bowl, and mix well at a low speed with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer
  3. Next add 1/2 cup of TBJ Gourmet Classic Bacon Jam
  4. Then add 1/2 cup of Smoked Gouda, again mix well at low speed
  5. Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap and scoop the contents on to the wrap and form a nice log use a spatula and get the last morsel out. Flip and seal the log. Refrigerate for an hour *** Note- In a pinch you can accelerate the process by putting the log in the freezer for 20 minutes ***
  6. Remove the log from the refrigerator and slice the plastic wrap and plop the solid mass on to a serving dish.
  7. Spread the remainder of TBJ Gourmet Bacon Jam on top.
  8. Garnish and Serve with crackers, Wheat Thins preferred.