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Corned Beef Leprechaun Cheeseball

This corned beef leprechaun cheeseball is sure to make everyone laugh. This is the best appetizer for your St.Patrick’s day party!

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Cheeseball appetizer decorated to look like a leprechaun

Two words. Leprechaun. Cheeseball. I mean have you ever?! There aren’t a lot of times that I create something and it makes me giddy, this guy, this guy made me giddy. He is just begging you to take him with you to your St.Patricks day celebration or even lunch at work on the 17th of March.

Honestly I’m not one to really celebrate St.Patricks day. I’m not Irish and I don’t drink alcohol so theres that… However if I was invited to a celebration you bet your bottom that I would be bringing this corned beef leprechaun cheeseball.  I mean can you imagine the hit of the party he would be!

ingredients for corned beef cheeseball appetizer recipe


Since this guy is obviously going to be consumed at your next St.Patricks day gathering I made sure to create a cheeseball that is fit for the day. I’m not sure if corned beef and horseradish are traditionally Irish but they sure are included in the American celebrating of St.Patricks day!

  • Deli corned beef– This recipe calls for corned beef that you can get at your deli counter, just chop it up when prepping the recipe.
  • Green onions– I like green onions because they add some bite without the overpowering flavor that a regular raw onion has.
  • Cream cheese– The base of our cheese ball, make sure it’s at room temperature when you’re ready to make this recipe. I like to pull mine out 2-3 hours in advance.
  • Pecans– Pecans add a little crunch and flavor to this cheese ball.
  • Horseradish– a little bit goes a long way, you’ll only use 1 teaspoon in this recipe but it adds a bit of zing!
  • Dijon mustard– A mild mustard that adds flavor to this recipe!
  • Worcestershire sauce- a tangy sauce that adds another depth of flavor to this St. Patrick’s day appetizer.
  • Veggies for Decorating: Green bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, black olives, parsnip, carrots.

How to make a cheeseball:

  1. Use room temperature cream cheese. It’s almost as crucial as when you’re making a cheesecake. Leave the cream cheese out on your counter at least an hour before mixing the ingredients together.
  2. Use a stand mixer. The best thing about cheeseballs is how fast they are to make.  As long as you’ve got your cream cheese at room temperature you can literally make it in 10 minutes or less.  Just pop all the ingredients into your stand mixer and let ‘er whirl.
  3. Get your hands wet. I found the easiest way to form the gooey room temperature mixture into a ball is to get your hands wet.  It prevents the cheeseball from sticking to you and lets you shape it quickly, then wrap it up in plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge to firm up.

I love a decorated cheeseball! Easter is right around the corner which means you’re going to need to make my Easter Bunny cheeseball  or Easter Chick cheeseball! Both are so cute! 

cheese ball ready to be wrapped in plastic wrap
corned beef cheese ball wrapped in plastic wrap sitting on cutting board
cheese ball decorated to look like a leprechaun

If you’re looking for more St.Patrick’s Day ideas check out my list of St. Patrick’s Day Recipes, Kids Activities for St.Patrick’s Day, St.Patrick’s Day Crafts, St. Patrick’s Day Outfit Ideas and St.Patrick’s Day FREE Printables.

Cheeseball appetizer decorated to look like a leprechaun

Corned Beef Leprechaun Cheeseball

Yield: 1 cheeseball
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

This corned beef leprechaun cheeseball is sure to make everyone laugh. This is the best appetizer for your St.Patrick's day party!


  • 1/4 lb. deli corned beef, diced
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 2 packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

For Decorating

  • 1 green bell pepper for the hat
  • small piece of yellow bell pepper for the hat
  • small piece of red bell pepper for the mouth
  • 2 black olives for the eyes
  • small pieces of a parsnip for nose & hat
  • 1 carrot peeled with a vegetable peeler for the beard & hair


  1. To make the cheeseball make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature, I like to take mine out 1-2 hours prior to making the recipe. In the bowl of a stand mixer add all your ingredients and mix with the paddle attachment until well combined.
  2. With wet hands grab the entire mixture and form into a ball. Place on plastic wrap and then wrap up and put in the fridge. Place in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours to firm up before decorating.
  3. To decorate cut out your vegetables into the shapes shown in the picture. I used 1/2 of a bell pepper for the top of the hat and the brim part is made with the top part of the bell pepper that has the stem on it, stem cut off. I used a piece of parsnip for the nose and the stripe on the hat. The yellow square on the hat is a yellow bell pepper and the mouth is a thin strip of red bell pepper. The eyes are the ends of 2 black olives, the end that looks like a star. For the hair and beard i just peeled a carrot with my vegetable peeler, I discarded the first layer of the carrot and then kept peeling and used those. I also used thinly cut carrot for the eyebrows. All of the facial features stayed on by just pressing the cut out pieces into the cheeseball.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 97mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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cheeseball decorated to look like leprechaun for St.Patrick's Day

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