October 22, 2007

Jack o Lantern Cheeseball Recipe

Cheeseball

Let the power of cheese cast a spell over your guests this Halloween by giving the standard party platter a silly, spooky makeover. This mixture of cream cheese, goat cheese and Parmesan can take on whatever bewitching shape your imagination conjures up — spider, monster, brain— with the help of plastic wrap or wax paper.

I chose to make a pumpkin adorned with black poppy seeds, orange bell peppers for the eyes and nose, and green olives for the mouth. Black pumpernickel toasts continue the creepy color theme. Decorating the cheeseball takes about 15 minutes, but it’s worth the effort because no creature will be able to resist this delectable treat.

Read on for the recipe...

Jack-o’-Lantern Cheeseball

The finished cheeseball needs to be refrigerated for at least two hours to set, so plan accordingly. Serves 20.

  • 6 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3 4-ounce packages goat cheese, softened
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 large pretzel stick (such as Snyder’s “Rods”) broken into a 2-inch piece
  • 1 2-ounce container of black poppy seeds
  • Pitted green olives, sliced

Beat cheeses, salt and pepper with an electric mixer on low until smooth. Shape into pumpkin using plastic wrap or wax paper as an aid, and place on top of a plate covered with plastic wrap.

Cut eyes and nose out of orange bell pepper and press onto cheese. Place pretzel on top for stem. Cover cheese all over with poppy seeds, pressing to adhere. Add olive slices in the shape of a mouth. Cool in the refrigerator for at least two hours. When ready to serve, use plastic wrap to transfer to serving platter. Surround with pumpernickel toasts, crackers, or celery sticks.

Posted by Grace on October 22, 2007 in Food and Drink

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Amy Sedaris shared her Halloween-party tips with Epicurious:

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/entertaining/partiesevents/halloween_sedaris

Her book "I Like You" also provides a cheeseball recipe.

Well it is a cute idea and easy. www.Staceymiller.com.

Grace's cheese ball is the sort of practical delicacy that makes a party .. well.. a PARTY. The mixture of ingredients combined with the cute Jack O' Lantern motif made for great scooping and noshing. Bring lots of crackers! Yummy!! I recommend Triscuits!

cheese balls should be yellow,no matter how they are decorated.

place a candle in a pumkin for halloween. then set it outside,for safety.

I made this cheese ball for my office party yesterday and it was incredible. Really great idea. However since we only had about 15 people and I realized this pumpkin would've been too much for one group I share the enjoyment and divided the cheeseball into 3 seperate ones (one for office, one for boyfriend's work and one for friends house). In making it I added some rosemary and a tablespoon of Mrs. Dash for extra flavor. I made 2 pumpkin shaped ones and the other one I made into a spider by adding black pipe cleaners and googly eyes from a craft store. Thanks again for the great ideas evite ~ I just love your website!

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