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Best Christmas Appetizer!

Best Christmas Appetizer! 

Today I wanted to share the recipe for what my husband calls the best Christmas appetizer.  I think he says that because for some reason, this is the only time of year I make it! Braunschweiger Ball Party Appetizer

This recipe was given to me by a dear friend that I met during my first year of marriage.  We actually came together because we showed dogs together.  She and her husband became the best of friends with my husband and I.  Sadly we both of our dear friends have passed, but what wonderful memories I have when preparing some of the recipes she had passed down to me.

Ingredients for a great party appetizer

Braunschweiger Ball Recipe
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: Chloe Crabtree
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1 Ball
A delicious braunschweiger based appetizer perfect to serve for the holidays.
  • 8 Ounces of Braunschweiger
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Sauce
  • 4 Dashes of Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise
  • 8 Ounces of Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup of Finely Minced Onions
  • 1 Medium Jar of Pimento Stuffed Olives
  1. Bring the braunschweiger and the cream cheese to room temperature. Divide the cream cheese into 3 ounces and 5 ounces. Set the 5 ounce portion aside. Mix all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the 5 ounces of cream cheese together until mixed throughly. Form the mixture into a ball. Refrigerate the ball for one hour. While the mixture is firming up in the refrigerator, slice olives into thin slices. Put the cream cheese into the microwave for 10 seconds on high. Take the ball out and ‘frost’ it with the cream cheese. Cover with slices of olive. Cover and seal, place in the refrigerator and take it out when you are ready to serve. Serve with crackers.


Make a braunschweiger ball for the holidays

It may not be all that pretty, but above is what your mixture will look like when you put it into the refrigerator to firm up.

Braunschweiger Ball Recipe for the holidays

You should be proud to serve this up to your holiday guests and they will love it!  dsc_0048Add this braunschweiger ball to your holiday party cocktail party table!




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Chloe is the creator of Celebrate & Decorate. Chloe is passionate about having a comfortable and well designed home - she also loves to entertain family and friends. Learn more about Chloe. Follow Chloe: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube


  1. Hi Chloe, this looks so good and how pretty to serve for a gathering. Love this on a bed of lettuce. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Have fun the remainder of our hop.

  2. How holiday pretty Chloe! Stunning party presentation!

    1. Thank you Jenna! (You know I am better at presentation than actual work in the kitchen, although I did make this all by myself!)

  3. Chloe, is this recipe an old family favorite? It’s really pretty. I’m not familiar with braunschweiger, but this has peeked my interest. I love olives and anything that can be scooped on a cracker for holiday parties. Perfect make ahead appetizer. Thanks so much for being a part of the Holiday Recipe Blog Hop. You are my blog hop inspiration.

    1. This was handed down to me by a dear friend that I used to show dogs with! Sadly, she has passed away, but she truly taught me the art of the dinner party, and gave me so many wonderful recipes!

  4. So pretty, Chloe! And yum, I love braunschweiger and haven’t had it in forever! This fits right in with our low carb diet too, I will definitely give it a try! Happy holidays!! xo, Andrea

  5. Chloe, this looks delicious and perfect for a holiday party! You have displayed your dish beautifully. You are so talented, and I always admire what you do! I hope that you have a wonderful day!!!

    1. Thank you Shannon! I can display much better than I can actually cook! I hope you have a wonderful day too!

  6. Great presentation. You took something “not so pretty” and glorified it! Great job! I will add this to my appetizer recipe stash for the Holidays. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    1. Thank you Jennifer, I know, sometimes the most delicious stuff is not the prettiest!

  7. Chloe, you are my hero! Braunschweiger is one of my favorite appetizers from my childhood! I grew up in a very German household, and this was (is?!) a staple at any family gathering. Now I am craving it! Thanks for participating in the blog swap and introducing others to this scrumptious dish!

  8. Your Braunschweiger party ball not only sounds delicious, but looks oh so pretty on the platter. When I was a little girl, I loved Braunschweiger and I haven’t had it in years upon years. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. I look forward to making it.

    1. Thank you Kitty, I am not a fan, but it has been very popular with my guests and my hubby LOVES it!

  9. Beautiful presentation, Chloe and perfect for an appetizer or a holiday buffet! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Chloe,
    Thanks for a savory appetizer for holiday parties. Perfect for men! I haven’t had braunschweiger for many years. My mother really liked it.


    1. Thank you Judith. I am not a braunschweiger fan, but my husband is nuts for it! He was so glad I chose this for my recipe, he will have an extra chance to have it this holiday season!

  11. My first thought was it looked so pretty and then I read where you wrote it may not be pretty. It looks pretty and very delicious.

    1. Thank you Debra, you know…the unfinished ball doesn’t look all that appetizing!

  12. Chloe, this looks amazing! My family would flip for this! How wonderful that you have lovely memories of your sweet friends! Thank you for sharing. Happy Fall! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. I love thay it looks like a sunflower!!
    Thanks for the idea

  14. Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

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