Pumpkin Cheese Ball

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Serve this easy, crowd pleasing appetizer for your Halloween or Thanksgiving gathering. Feel free to add your favorite spices or omit any of the spices I used based on your taste.   I rolled the cheese ball in Ritz crackers for texture but you can use crushed nacho flavored tortilla chips or just leave it plain. Make one big cheese ball or make small individual cheese balls. This can be made a day ahead but do not roll in the crackers until ready to serve.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • Ritz crackers, crushed (optional)

 

Directions

In a bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until blended.  Stir in cheddar cheese, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper and green onion until blended. Place on a plastic wrap and shape into a ball.  Refrigerate until firm, about 2-3 hours.

 

 

When ready to serve, roll cheese in the  crushed Ritz crackers. With a knife, add vertical lines to resemble a pumpkin.

 

For the top, place a bell pepper stem, celery stalk or pretzel stick. Serve with  crackers, sliced fruit and vegetables. Enjoy!

 

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