Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball
As the leaves start to fall and the air becomes crisp, Halloween is just around the corner, bringing with it a season of spooktacular treats and eerie eats. Whether you're hosting a ghoulish gathering or looking to surprise your little monsters with a hauntingly good snack, our Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball Recipe is here to add a dash of Halloween magic to your table.
1 red pepper with stem
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1-½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 green onions, sliced
2 cups crushed tortilla chips
2 Tbsp. Caprese Topping
Cut the stem off the top of the red pepper; reserve the stem for later use.
Chop the red pepper; place it in a medium bowl. Add the cream cheese, Caprese Topping, cheddar cheese and onions; mix well.
Place 2 large pieces of plastic wrap on your work surface. Spoon the cream cheese mixture onto the center of the plastic wrap. Shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball, using the ends of the plastic wrap to help shape the cream cheese mixture into the ball, then tightly wrap the cheese ball tightly with the ends of the plastic wrap.
Wrap 4 large rubber bands around the wrapped cheese ball to make 4 indentations in the cheese ball to resemble a pumpkin.
Refrigerate the cheese ball for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. (The longer you refrigerate the cheese ball, the better the flavor and deeper the indentations are in the cheese ball.)
Remove the rubber bands and the plastic wrap.
Roll the cheese ball in the crushed tortilla chips. Gently press the red pepper stem into the top of the cheese ball for the pumpkin’s stem .
Tips: If 4 rubber bands do not make deep enough indentations in the cheese ball, use a total of 8 rubber bands, using 2 rubber bands to make each of the 4 indentations. Serve the cheese ball with your favorite crackers or tortilla chips.
Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball: Halloween Appetizer
Follow our simple recipe to create this bewitching cheese ball that's sure to become a Halloween tradition. Your guests won't be able to resist this cheesy treat that's both fun to look at and delightful to eat. So, conjure up some Halloween magic in your kitchen and serve a Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball that your guests will remember long after the Halloween moon has set. Make sure to also try this delicious and spooky Halloween Pizza.
Sides for the Halloween cheese ball
Pairing your Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball with the right sides can elevate your Halloween party spread. Here are some fantastic side options to serve alongside this delicious and visually stunning appetizer:
1. Assorted Crackers: A variety of crackers, such as buttery rounds, whole wheat, and gluten-free options, are great for spreading the cheese ball. They provide a satisfying crunch and a neutral base to complement the flavors.
2. Fresh Vegetable Sticks: Offer a colorful assortment of fresh vegetable sticks, such as carrot, celery, and cucumber, as a healthier option. The crispness and natural sweetness of the veggies provide a delightful contrast to the rich cheese ball.
3. Pretzel Bites: Mini pretzel bites or pretzel crisps offer a salty and crunchy pairing that balances the creaminess of the cheese ball.
- Serving Size
- 1 serving
- per serving
- 20 grams
- 61 grams
- 29 grams