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A cheese ball covered with chopped chives on a plate with crackers.

Muffuletta Cheese Ball

An easy to assemble appetizer or snack with the appealing tastes of the classic muffuletta sandwich. 

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sliced salad olives, drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces shredded or chopped provolone cheese
  • 4 ounces thin sliced salami, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chives, chopped or snipped with scissors 


  1. Cream the cream cheese with a mixer.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the chives and thoroughly mix together with the mixer.
  3. Place mixture on a piece of plastic wrap forming into a ball as you wrap it up and place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  4. Remove ball from the refrigerator and unwrap.
  5. Garnish by pressing the chives onto the outside of the cheese ball to cover.
  6. Serve or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve; keep in mind that the cheese ball gets more flavorful as it sets in the refrigerator. 
  7. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or 1 month in the freezer.


  • Substitute salami with pastrami, capicola, Black Forest ham, or any spicy deli meat.
  • Use chopped prosciutto ham, parsley, salad olives, or dried Italian seasoning instead of chives to garnish the ball or serve without any garnish.
  • Mozzarella cheese makes a great combination with or substitute for provolone cheese.
  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: appetizers
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: muffuletta cheese ball, cheese ball

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